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Aran Islands

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A group of three islands, Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer, off the west coast of the Republic of Ireland, traditionally a stronghold of the Gaelic-speaking culture.

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Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Place Names (6 ed.)

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2020

...Aran Islands ( Árainn ) , Ireland A group of three islands, Inishmore ‘Big Island’, Inishmaan ‘Middle Island’, and Inisheer ‘Eastern Island’, with a name which means ‘Islands of the Ridge’, a reference to the sheer cliffs that face the...

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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2004

...its size, does not figure prominently in Island folklore. The Fir Bolg of the Lebor Gabála [Book of Invasions] fled here after their defeat at the First Battle of Mag Tuired ( see CATH MAIGE TUIRED ). The mysterious island in the Atlantic, Hy-Brasil , is sometimes identified with the Aran Islands. A ‘king’ of the Islands in several Irish stories is Ailill . These Irish islands are sometimes confused with the Scottish island of Arran in Argyllshire (since 1974 , Strathclyde). See P. A. Ó Síocháin , Aran, Islands of Legend (Dublin,...

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The Oxford Companion to Irish History (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
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145 words

... Islands , limestone outcrops dominating the sea lanes and fisheries of Galway Bay. At the beginning of the Christian period great stone cashels , most notably Dún Aonghasa, were built; later St Enda's monastery attracted scholars and ascetics from all over western Europe. Because of their strategic importance they were fought over by the O'Flahertys and O'Briens in the Middle Ages and by the Confederate Catholics and parliamentarians in the early 1650s. In the 19th century Aran attracted archaeological, ethnographic, and philological interest. The ...

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The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
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Literature, Society and culture
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332 words

... Islands Galway Three islands, Inishmore (Great Island), Inishmaan (Middle Island), and Inisheer (Eastern Island), lying NW–SE across the mouth of Galway Bay, c. 30 m. from Galway. They are rich in archaeological remains from pre‐Christian, early Christian, and medieval times. Although communication with the mainland is easier than it used to be, much of the traditional way of life continues and its inhabitants still speak Irish as well as English. J. M. Synge came here in 1898 at the suggestion of W. B. Yeats and returned for several weeks at a...

Aran Islands, The

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The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Literature
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85 words

... Islands, The ( 1907 ), a travel work in four books by J. M. Synge , written as a chapter of contemplative autobiography; it arose from W. B. Yeats 's advice that Synge should live on the islands in order to find an artistic purpose. Between May 1898 and summer 1902 he spent eighteen weeks in all on the islands. Besides translating stories and poems recited to him, the author describes a mixture of Catholic belief and pre-Christian custom and the physical colours and texture of island...

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A Dictionary of British Place Names

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2011

... Islands ( Árainn ) Galway . ‘Islands of the...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

... Islands a group of three islands, Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer, off the west coast of the Republic of Ireland, traditionally a stronghold of the Gaelic-speaking...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

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2011

... Islands . An archipelago of three rocky islands, Inishmore ( Inis Mór , ‘big island’), Inishmaan ( Inis Meáin , ‘middle island’) and Inisheer ( Inis Oírr , ‘east island’) running in descending order of size roughly southeast in the outer waters of Galway Bay. Their bare ridges of limestone seem incapable of sustaining life, yet they have been inhabited since prehistoric times. In mythology the Aran Islands were held to be the place of retreat of the Firbolgs after their defeat at the Battle of Magh Tuireadh (Moytura). The first Irish monastery was...

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Pocket Oxford Irish Dictionary: English-Irish

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Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries
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6 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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36 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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39 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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20 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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20 words
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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22 words
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Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

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2011

... Islands, The . The main prose and first completed work of John Millington Synge ( 1907 ) describing in fascinating detail his life on the islands during five summers ( 1898–1902 ). Most of the total of 18 weeks was spent on Inishmaan, where Irish was the norm and where, though he was friendly with the inhabitants, he knew he remained an outsider. Synge played his fiddle at the islanders' dances and became enamoured of a local girl, but the chief purpose of his sojourns was to find an appropriate language for the plays he was about to write. riders to the...

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A group of three islands, Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer, off the west coast of the Republic of Ireland, traditionally a stronghold of the Gaelic-speaking culture.
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(1907), a travel work in four books by J. M. Synge, written as a chapter of contemplative autobiography; it arose from W. B. Yeats's advice that Synge should live on ...
Irish Local and Family History

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Kevin Whelan

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
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4,945 words
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Oxford University Press

...securely rooted in the present and yet with a satisfying sense of age‐old continuities in time and tide, bird and blossom, rock and rain. Such engagements were lovingly rendered in fine books like Frank Mitchell's The Irish Landscape ( 1976 ), Tim Robinson's Stones of Aran ( 1986 ), F. H. A. Aalen , Kevin Whelan , and Matthew Stout (eds), Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape ( 1997 ), and Billy Colfer's The Hook Peninsula ( 2004 ). Besides environmental and archaeological perspectives, a further impetus for growth in local history came from...

Dún Aonghusa

Dún Aonghusa  

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Huge stone fort perched on a cliff 200 feet above the sea on the south-west coast of Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. The fort, often described as one of the most magnificent structures of ...
Arran

Arran  

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[Brit. aran, high place].An island, 20 miles long by 8–10 miles wide, forming part of Strathclyde, Scotland; it is in the Firth of Clyde, about 50 miles due W of Glasgow. The island has been confused ...

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