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From the Iron Bridge

entering the Inner Lough,
the island on the right
and the site of the castle
in the far left.


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Origins
The Dartraige were an early Irish tribe that dwelt in and around the general north Roscommon, east Sligo, west Leitrim and also southern Co. Monaghan. They came to prominence in the 6th and 7th century and it is after them that Dartry (Dairtre, Dartrey) is named.
Tribal identity gradually declined and was supplanted by family affiliation using terms such as "Ui" or "O" (grandson), "Clann" (family), and later Mc (son).
From the 8th century, The O'Boylan (O'Baoigheallain) sept are cited as early kings of Dartry (Dairtre) in Monaghan. "The territory of the O'Baoigheallain during early medieval times stretched from Fermanagh to Louth before being reduced to the region of Dartry by the MacMahons after the Norman invasion."
"They did, however, remain powerful, and in O'Dugan's fourteenth-century "Topographical Poem" they are called "the bold kings of Dartry," and are praised for their horsemanship ..."

Whats in a word? Dartry
"Dair" or (Dar) is the Irish for an oak tree
"Daire" or (Derry) means an oak grove or wood
"Druid" the word Druid is thought to derive from "dru-wid", meaning "knower of oak trees", but "deru" also means truth or troth and so could also give the meaning "knower of the truth". See: The Oak Tree
It is perhaps no coincidence that "Coill" the Irish word for wood and "cill" the Irish word for Church, have become pronounced in the same way!


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