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Ardoyne, Ard Eoghan, County Antrim
 
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Pronunciation of Ard Eoin, Ard Eoghan is pretty much as the English Ardoyne, to rhyme with English "loin". It is incorrect to use the definite article ie The Ardoyne.

Although Ard Eoin is common, Ard Eoghan is more correct. Despite the similar pronunciation, Eoin and Eoghan are originally quite different names. Eoghan is an ancient Irish name going back to pre-Christian times and means 'born of the yew'. Eoin is the Irish form of the name of John, so it was borrowed into Irish in the Christian era. It's definitely Ti/r Eoghain rather than Ti/r Eoin because the name derives from Eoghan, son of Niall Naoigiollach. Same story with Inis Eoghain / Inishowen.

...from the book by Ray Mac Mánais on the president he states that the hill was called Ard Eoin (St. John's Hill) which would indicate some sort of old Christian church in the area. The present Ard Eoin grew out of the enterprise of a Presbyterian called Michael Andrews who in 1815 built a small village based on the hand loom weaving of Royal Damask. He apparently liked the name of the hill so he called the village after it i.e. Ard Eoin.

Information from contributors to Yahoo Groups: Irish-Placename-Studies.


 
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