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Thread #52311   Message #3779515
Posted By: GUEST,Ama Carey
18-Mar-16 - 01:00 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Eoghan Coir /Owen Coir
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Eoghan Coir /Owen Coir
From what I remember, "Cnocan a Line" referred to the town of Crossmolina in the Barony of Tirawley, although it might, on reflection mean Knocknalina.

People in the Barony of Erris did not much like those from the Barony of Tirawley, perhaps at least partly because landlord agents at least sometimes came to Erris from their native Tirawley.

The land was better inland in Tirawley, and there were, perhaps, more English speakers there, since much of Erris was in the Geltacht.

That is NOT to say that the people of Erris were less well- educated.

The Erris population was remarkably well tutored in the Classics, in Irish, English and other languages and disciplines. Gaeltacht areas usually were enthusiastic about learning.

The bilingualism -- of the teachers, as well as the students -- was a factor, no doubt, in the erudition of the Erris population.

Excellent truly bilingual teachers from this and other Gaeltachts who loved learning (not mere "education" as it is comodified today) used to inspire students. This, unfortunately, as well as real fluency in the Irish language in teachers in Erris is no longer often the case.