Bear

Irish Local Names Explained

Bear; barony, island, and haven, in Cork. Owen More, king of Munster in the second century, spent nine years in Spain, and, according to an old legend, he married Beara, daughter of the king of that country. On his return to Ireland to make war against Conn of the hundred battles, he landed on the north side of Bantry bay, and called the place Beara in honour of his wife.

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