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Thread #22704   Message #3784557
Posted By: GUEST
10-Apr-16 - 08:36 AM
Thread Name: Groves of Boho
Subject: RE: Groves of Boho
I have now been able to open https://archive.org/details/balladsacountry00macmgoog; place names mentioned are "Murlo's crooning stream", "the woods of Boe", "Monea", "Sthragar", "Carroo" and "Glenvar". However despite looking at OS Map No. 17 (1:50,000) which lists all the townland names in alphabetical order (and also shows their position in outline, both on the back) I cannot find Murlo, Sthragar, Carroo or Glenvar (Monea and Boe, latter spelled as Boho) are shown. However, Sthragar (sic!) is possibly "Slishgarrow), several miles west of Derrygonnelly; Carroo could be Correl Glen, and Glenvar could be Glenasheevar, these last also being several miles NW of Derrygonnelly. Admittedly these may be stretching things a bit, but there is no doubt that the song relates to the general locality between Derrygonnelly and Boho in the west of Co. Fermanagh,

Boho is not that far from South Donegal (about 15 miles as the crow flies) and Macmanus (which, I have read, is actually derived from Magnus, a Viking name*) is a common name in Co. Fermanagh.

I am not aware of a round tower at Boho, but there is one at Monea (about 7 miles from Enniskillen, beside the road to Derrygonnelly). A Mavis is a song Thrush; a leverock is I suspect a Skylark (the Scottish word for Skylark is Laverock).

* Years ago the late Magnus Magnusson (the Icelandic born first presenter of the BBC TV Quiz Show "Mastermind") appeared on a sketch on the Morecambe and Wise show (probably also on BBC). The sketch ended with Eric Morecamble and Ernie Wise arguing with MM, and Ernie Wise saying "I'll never watch you wrestle again, Mr. McManus!" This was a reference to the well-known wrestler, Mick McManus. So this ended up as a case of art imitating life (although I later learned that Mick McManus's real name was William George Matthews - see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_McManus_(wrestler)). Morecambe and Wise were respectively christened Eric Bartholomew and Ernest Wiseman.