Lough Neagh

Irish Local Names Explained

Lough Neagh; written in the Book of Leinster Loch-nEchach [nehagh], the lake of Eochy [Ohy], a Munster chief, who was drowned in it at the time of its eruption in the first century. The N is a mere grammatical inflection, and the name is often used without it; for instance, we find it spelled Lough Eaugh in Camden, as well as in many of the maps of the 16th and 17th centuries.

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