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From: Pat Traynor <>
Subject: help on pronunciation
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 1998 11:03:56 -0700

........... can anybody tell me
how to pronounce the name corum. Is it co`rum with co as in
connelly or cor`um with cor as in apple core?
Any help appreciated

Just my guess; as in CORE. (See COR, CORR, below)

Here are some other words that may be of
help to others as well;

An accented E is [ay]. accented I is [ee]. C is always
like a K (Celtic). G is hard. CH is like the German ach.
GH is soft gutteral. Unstressed vowels generaly like a in sofa.
Accent on 1st sylable generally.
And when you think you have mastered it, there are three
main dialects in Ireland.

ABRAIDH [ abrad]
AONGHUIS [oneesh]
AMERGIN [Ah'-mer-gin]
BREOGHAN [bray'-o-ghan]
BUIDHE [boy]
CET [Kate]
CIAR [kiar]
COLPTHA [Kolp'-tha]
CONMAEL [Kon'-meel]
CUILL [Koo'-l]
DONN [dune]
DUBH [dhu]
EBER FINN [Ay'-ber Finn]
EREMON [Ay'-ra-moan]
EIRE [Ayr'-yoo]
GREINE [gray'-neh
IERNE [I'-yearn]
LUGAID [loog'-id]
LUGAIDH [ luy] Lughaidh, son of Ithe.
MAOINEIN [monneen]
MIL [meel]
NAIDH [nia]
NIAL [neel]
REREAMHAR [rerour]
SLAN [slawn]
TUATHA-DE-DANANN [too'-a-hah day daan'-aann]

Common elements in Irish Placenames
Ath. Agh. (ath): a forde, shallow part of a river
Agha (achadh): a field, level meadow.
Alt, (alt): an eminence, high place, side of a glen.
Anna, Annagh, (eanach): a moor, marsh, soft terrain.
Ard, (ard): a height, top, summit, lofty, higher ground.
Bally, (baile): town, village, homestead.
Ballagh, (bealach): a roadway, passage, gap, pass.
Barn, Barna, (bearna): pass or gap in hill or mountain.
Barr, (barr): top, head, summit.
Bawn, Baun, (ban): small field, enclosure, white coloured.
Beagh, (beithe): abounding with birch trees.
Bell, (beal): mouth, entrance, estuary.
Ben, (beann): peak, pointed hill.
Boher, (bothar): road, way, passage, lane.
Boley, (buaile): place for milking cows, booley or dairy place.
Brack, (breac): speckled, spotted, spotted (with stones, furze) hill.
Bun, (bun): end, bottom, of hills or mountains.
Caher, Cahir, (cathair): stone fort, abode, city.
Cam, (cam): crooked.
Cappa, Cappagh, (ceapach): plot of ground laid out for tillage.
Carn, (carn): heap of stones, rocky summit.
Carrick, Carrig, (carraig): a rock, crag or stone.
Carrow, Carhoo, (ceathramhadh): quarter, measure of land.
Cashel, (caiseal): wall, bulwark, castle.
Cavan, (cabhan): a hollow plain.
Clar, (clar): plain, flat piece of land.
Clash (clais): furrow, deep ditch.
Clogh (cloch): stone, rock, cliff.
Clon, Cloon, (cluain): plain, lawn, meadow.
Cool, (cul): back, corner, angle.
Cor, Corr, (cor): a round hill.
Cosh, Cush, (cos): leg, foot, at the foot of, beside.
Creeve, (craobh): branch, bough, tree, bush.
Croagh, Crogh, (cruach): rick, stack, piled-up hill.
Cross, (cros): a cross.
Cull, Cuill, (coill): a wood.
Curra, Curragh, (currach): bog, marsh, soft plain.
Derry, (doire): an oak, oak wood.
Doo, (dubh): black.
Doon, Dun, (dun): a fortress.
Dreen, Drin, (draighean): blackthorn.
Drom, Drum, (druim): the ridge of a hill.
Eden, (eadan): the forehead, brow of a hill.
Esker, (eiscir): ridge of sand hills, ridge of mountains.
Farn, (fearn): alder tree, place abounding in alders.
Farran, (fearann): land, ground, country.
Freagh, (fraoch): heather, heath, a heathy place.
Gal, Gall, (gal]): stranger, foreigner.
Garran, Garraun, Garrane, (garran): grove, wood, copse.
Garrv, (garrdha): garden.
Glas, (glas): green; of mountain, stream or meadow.
Glan, Glen, (gleann): valley, glen.
Gol, Goul, Gowl, (gabhal): fork, the fork of a hill.
Gort, Gurt, (gort): a field or garden.
Graigue, (graig): village, manor.
Greenan, (grianan): sunny place, bower, summer house.
Illan, Illaun, (oilean): island.
Inis, Inish, Inch, (inis): an island, a field near a river or lake.
Kell, (caol): narrow, slender, straight.
Kil, Kill, (cill): a church or small monastery.
Knock, (cnoc): hill, hillock.
Lack, Leck, Lick, (leac): stone, flagstone, slate.
Laght, (leacht): a grave, pile of stones in memory of the dead.
Lis, Liss, (lios): earthen fort, fortified place ancient place.
Lough, (loch): a lake.
Lag, Leg, Lug, Lugg, (lag): a hollow, glen.
Lear, Lyre, (ladhar): a fork, forking of glens or rivers.
Maghera, (machaire): a plain, level ground.
Maul, Meel, (meall): a hillock, eminence.
Meen, (min): a smooth spot on a hill presenting a green surface.
Mon, (moin): turf, peat, bog.
Money, (muine): brake, shrubbery, a hillock.
Moy, (magh): a plain, plain of hills.
Muck, (muc): a pig or boar.
Mullagh, (mullach): top, summit, height, top of a hill].
Park, (pairc): field, meadow.
Poll, Pol, Poul, (poll): hole, pit, a measure of land.
Port, (port): a harbour, bank or landing place.
Rath, (rath): earthen fort with trees, fortress.
Ring, Rin, Rinn, (rinn): a headland, promontory.
Roe, Roo, (ruadh): red, gorse clad hill.
Ros, Ross, (ros): a promontory, isthmus, a grove or wood.
Scart, (scairt): a thick tuft of shrubs or bushes.
Shan, (sean): old, e.g. Shanbally, "old town".
Sra, Sragh, Srah, (srath): a field on the bank of a river.
Tawnagh, Tawny (tamhnach): a small field.
Temple, (teampall): a church or temple.
Ti, (tigh): a house.
Tir, (tir): land, country, region.
Tober, (tobar): well, fountain, spring, source.
Tom, (tuaim): a grave or tumulus.
Ton, (toin): backside.
Toor, (tuar): a place for bleaching clothes.

Note; Spelling test will be next Friday. Bring your own penculs.

Pat Traynor, in California's gold-rush country.

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