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Holograph letter from A. Burke, Esker, Athenry, Co. Galway, to John O’Donovan.

Royal Irish Academy Manuscripts

Ref: 24 O 39/JOD/30

Type: Document

Date: 6 September 1844

Burke discusses O'Donovan's article ‘Publications of the Irish Archaeological Society’ in 'The Freeman's Journal'. He thought the article was interesting but wishes to make one criticism which may help stave off ‘the sarcastic sneer of criticism’ from others. He refers to Knockmoy, Co. Galway, and argues that O'Donovan's derivation of the place name ‘Cnoc Tuagh’ or Knocdoe is incorrect. It is said to mean ‘Hill of the Battle Axes’ and the peasantry of the area still refer to it as such. He feels, however, that it is not worthy to take the word of the peasantry but rather the word of the abbots of Galway ‘who were all believed to be guided by the spirit of truth and religion’. He also states that the Latin language is more authentic than the Irish language, with its ‘Irish alphabet being more or less abstruse in its characters’.

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