Ireland's Eye

Irish Local Names Explained

Ireland's Eye. Original name Inis-Ereann [Eran] (the island of Eire or Eria, a woman), of which the present name is an attempted translation. Eye is the Danish ey, an island; and the translators understanding Ereann to mean Ireland, rendered the name Ireland's Ey (or island) instead of Eria's Ey. (See Origin and History of Irish Names of Places; pp. 76, 101, 104.)

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