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Connacht

CONNACHT    CONNAUGHT (Anglicised). The province of western Ireland, lying between Donegal Bay and Galway Bay, with the middle Shannon forming much of its eastern boundary. Connacht was one of the early Kingdoms of Ireland – its name is said to … Continue reading

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Coleraine

  COLERAINE Short-lived county in the north of Ireland. When the province of Ulster was shired in 1585, the county of Coleraine was formed mostly between the Rivers Foyle, in the west, and Bann, in the east, though the town … Continue reading

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Cavan

CAVAN   Cabháin. County in the north of the Irish Republic, bordering on Co. Fermanagh in Northern Ireland.   The town of Cavan is SSE of Enniskillen. The county was formed in 1579, mainly out of the lands held by the family … Continue reading

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Bréifne

BRÉIFNE     Brefni, Breffney, Breffny, Brenny.     Kingdom in western Ireland, formed by the mid-8th century on the borders of Connacht and Ulster by the powerful Connacht family of the Uí Briúin.   Its power fell away but revived in the 12th … Continue reading

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Airgialla

AIRGIALLA   Anglicised as Uriel or Oriel. A region of small kingdoms in Ulster until the 13th century, which lay in an area where now are found the counties of Fermanagh, Monaghan, Armagh and Louth, and, in its early years, in … Continue reading

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