Tempo

Irish Local Names Explained

Tempo in Fermanagh; shortened from the full Irish name an t-Iompodh-deisiol [an Timpo deshill], the turning from left to right. Iompodh [impo] means turning; deisiol, right handed; and the article an prefixed takes a t in this case, which became incorporated with the word. The place received its name, no doubt, from the ancient custom of turning sunways in worship.

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