The Great Oak

Since the 16th century there has been a significant loss of Irish history. During the 1500’s many great oak forests were destroyed to construct ships and large buildings. In ancient times the Celts exalted the Oak trees as gods. The trees played a huge part in their daily lives. It is therefore unsurprising that many places were named after the Oak tree. Since the native language of Celts was Irish the vast bulk of occurrences came by way of doire, an Irish word for oak. The word doire is one of the most prolific roots in Irish townland names. Over 1,300 townland names begin with the word doire in its various forms.

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