Athy - Irish Place Names

Patrick Weston Joyce
1923

Athy. One of the battles between Lewy and the Munstermen (see Abbeyleix), was fought at a ford on the Barrow, where a Munster chief, Ae, was slain; and from him the place was called Ath-I (Wars of the Gaedhil with the Gaill), the ford of Ae.