Ireland is known only too well for its beautifully creative place names. But some of those names are a little more well-known than others. Last month, we created an Irish town name quiz which was shared with our customers and social media followers.
Here’s what we discovered...
Muckanaghederdauhaulia, Gweesalia and Ballaghnatrillick were the three real places in Ireland that most people surveyed thought were made up. Still don’t believe that they really exist? Below, we share a little more information about each, and who knows, you may decide to add them to your next road trip!
You’ll find this townland in the West of Galway, bordering Carrowroe and Carrowroe West. It’s just 470 acres in size, but what it lacks in breadth, it makes up for in letters! Muckanaghederdauhaulia has a whopping 22 letters to its name. It’s well-known amongst Gaeltacht goers in Connemara for it’s gorgeous green views. And the Irish version of the name, Muiceanach idir Dhá Sháile, means pig-shaped hill, between two seas.
West county Mayo is home to this coastal townland, which borders Doolough, Dooyork and Tullaghan Duff. It’s got rolling mountains and a gorgeous coastline, which make it a great place for walking, hiking, cycling and taking part in watersports. Gweesalia even has it’s own festival, which is host to a unique mix of events. It takes place from the 13th-20th August this year, and has been running since 1993.
This village in Co. Sligo was once Western Europe’s main source of Barytes ore, a heavy metal that blocks radiation. It’s popular amongst tourists because of its location along the Wild Atlantic Way. And according to the local city council, there are plans to build a shopping centre in the village soon!
Why not include these little-known places on your next road trip? A road sign saying Muckanaghederdauhaulia is just asking for a photo!
Before you set off, make sure your car is ready with our quick road trip checklist.