In Irish : Dún Garbhán
Administrative Unit : Parish
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This parish consists of diminutive townlands, some consisting of less than fifty acres, and many contain three or four acres only. Another curious feature is a number of â€œstaings,â€? or long and very narrow fields and townlands. This word staing is of Scandinavian origin, and is used to designate a measure (pole or perch) of land. Its use however in this parish and generally, throughout the country, is peculiar; it is applied to the long very narrow fields and townlands alluded to, irrespective of their area. Physical features, of course, directly affect the place-names of a parish; here is mainly a rich limestone plain cut into three sections by the Colligan and Bricky rivers. There are many quarries and caves, but few outcrops of the underlying rocks. A range of high hill bounds the parish on the north, while a skirt of mountain forms its southern boundary.
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