Dennis King wrote:
>The Triads of Ireland lists three forests, naming them as the "three
>wildernesses of Ireland" :
>43. Trí díthruib Hérenn: Fid Mór hi Cúailgni, Fid Déicsen hi Tuirtri,
>Fid Moithre hi Connachtaib.
I looked in the Onomasticon. I found a few things that may or may
not be relevant.
Turtrye dry. in d. Conor, Tax.; ¶ Connor is in it; ¶ Tuirtrech, one bred
or born in Ui T., Au. ii. 406."
i n-Uib Tuirtre in Ultaib, Hx. 946."
My note --
Turtrye was in Antrim, north of Loch Neagh, according to the Northern
Ireland placenames project, close to Toome, apparently.
There are 3 different 'fid mór' entries, but this one looks like it might
be relevant -
for Anmag, for F. Mór i Crannaig Cualngi, Ll. 56 b; ¶ for F. M. .i. Truailli,
Lu. 56 a, v. Tw. p. 47; ¶ in Ulst., Lb. 25 a, Lbl. 589; ¶ Fid Mór is the
same as Fid COnaille (q.v.), N. of Dundalk, and is betw. Dundalk and
Sliab Fuait (the Fews mountain range or its highest hill); ¶ in Ar. pp.
28, 30, we see that O Donnell, in his flight fr. Wickl. to Arm., passed by
Mellifont, Sliab Breg, Machaire Conaill, Dundalk (Dún Delgan), Fiodh
Mór, where he was safe though close to the English, as his friend
Turlagh Mac Enri O Neill was chieftain there; ¶ next day he went
through Sliab Fúait Mic Breogain, northwards to Arm. In
my "Description of Ireland, anno 1598" p. 21, we read: "Fues
bordereth upon the Inglish Pale, within 3 miles of Dundalke; ¶ it is a
very strong countrie of wood and bogg peopled with certain of the O
Neills, accustomed to live much upon the spoils of the Pale, the Capten
hereof is Sir Turloghe McHenrie O Neall." W. of and close to Fid Mór is
Onomy tl. in p. Mucno, c. Mon., which I equate with Anmagh supra,
which would be pronounced Onomoy. "
The onomasticon has an entry for 'Fid Moithre hi Connachtaib' but
doesn't give any more specific information. Liz