From Irish Names and Surnames 1923
GOBNAIT, genitive idem (the same), -ata and -atan, Gobinet, Gobnet, Gubby, (Abigail, Abbey, Abbie, Abina, Deborah, Debby, Webbie); feminine diminuitive of gob, a mouth, corresponding to the masculine gobán; the name of a celebrated Munster virgin, the patroness of Ballyvourney, whose feast is kept on 11 February; still common in Cork, Kerry and Limerick, but generally anglicised Abbey and Debby. Latin — Gobnata.
Alphabetical Index to Names of Women (Irish-English)
Note: The old Irish letters used in the original text* have been converted to the Roman alphabet for this online version, and the lenited (or dotted) consonants changed to their aspirated equivalents, i.e. the dotted 'c' has been altered to 'ch', the dotted 'g' to 'gh', and the dotted 'm' to 'mh', etc. For example, in the name Caoimgin (Kevin), where the 'm' and 'g' are both dotted (ṁ, ġ) in the old Irish lettering, the name has been converted here to the modern Irish equivalent of Caoimhghin.
* Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall: Irish Names and Surnames by Rev. Patrick Woulfe, 1923.
Truelove's Journal: A Bookshop Novella
"Beautiful, different and touching. Short, sweet and lovely. Made me cry. You sense that this is a true story veiled in the guise of fiction as are all the best stories."
Although ostensibly set in England, this story was penned by an Irish bookseller under the pseudonym of Ralph St John Featherstonehaugh.
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