#162 | Inis or Oileán? Recurring Styles in Placenames Pt. 2

When is an island an Inis and when is it an Oileán?

In the second of our look at recurring words in Irish placenames, Darach, Gearóidín and Peadar consider islands. Why do some inland locations have island-based names? Why are there three places in Ireland called Lady’s Island, each with a different name in Irish?

What about the island that Charles J Haughey bought in the Gaeltacht – does anyone know how that got its name?

For some reason, University Challenge enters the discussion.


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