Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Devils Bit, Barnane Éile County Tipperary

According to the people of Tipperary the gap that can be seen on the top of this mountain is the result of the Devil taking a bite out of the mountain. He supposedly broke some teeth which then formed the Rock of Cashel. Barnane Eile is the Gap of Ely, there was a powerfull Clan of O'Carroll, Princes of Ely a large territory that spanned 2 counties
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19 comments:

Leisha Camden said...

Fun explanation for natural phenomenon ... :-)

Why is the place called Ely? Is it for the same gross-out reason that Ely in England is called Ely?

Paz said...

Not sure if the name has same origin the O'carrolls rueled the area of Ely and were descendants of the chief Ely O'Carroll. I know that does not help, I must try harder :(

Findabair said...

Wonderfully fun, absolutely! I love those sort of little stories about a part of a landscape.

Paz said...

agree, bit afraid to find out how Ballsbridge got its name!

Anonymous said...

i live about 4 miles from the devils bit. the area is called barnane...the mountain used to be called bearna eile meaning the gap of eile...The ancient name for the area was Ely, and between 900 and 1000, Ely was divided between two old Celtic families- the O'Carrols and the O'Fogartys. Despite being a relatively low mountain, It is said that nine counties can be viewed from its summit - Tipperary itself, Clare, Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Offaly, and Waterford. There is doubt as to whether any part of County Cork is actually visible. you can clearly see the Knockmealdown and Comeragh Mountains in Waterford, along with the Galtees, and, to the north-west, Lough Derg and the River Shannon, which is pretty cool since its only about 500m high.

Of course legend is that the devil took a bite from the mountain and broke his teeth in the process letting the bit fall from his moth landing in cashel in south tipperary to form the rock of cashel which was the high seat of the kings of munster

Paz said...

What you may find as odd that Barnane, Barnane Eile and Devils Bit are the most hit words on my site. Every other week I look at the counter to see where people are looking at this from and it also says the words used in searches to land here.
Can you guess from where I took this picture, seeing your from the area?

mike grimes said...

My mum is originally from Barnane.I have spent many a summer holiday there as a child. And every year we would always climb the Devil's bit..
My mums house is somewhere between Knocka and Barnane itself, and I guess the picture is taken somewhere nearby my mums house..
Mike Grimes. .

Maurice said...

My wife and I mad the trip to the Devils Bit last September and plan another trip this Seprember. The earliest records of my family (Meagher) were to have lived at the foot of the Devils Bit, that is Why we go there. It is a nice hike and a grerat place for a lunch. We found little sign of the Meagher's accept for an old store in Templemore, does anyone know of the family?

Paz said...

Try this I found a lot of Meaghers in Templemore area, If you know what Parish they came from the Priest in the local church will have records of births deaths etc http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/
Hope that helps

Anonymous said...

@Paz I would guess that your photo was taken from somewhere around Fishmoyne/Ballinlonty or perhaps the Ragg

Paz said...

100% correct, taken just north of the Ragg

webster's latest word origins said...

No Connection with the English Ely. Before the Tudors and Cromwell, it was "bearna eile" meaning the gap of eile. Ely O'Carroll was an ancient chief... The spelling Ely is late.

J P Maher
(O + fada Meachair ~ O'Meagher)

Paz said...

Thanks for sharing will update both posts, if you have a look at the newer pictures you might be able to give me the history of the tower pictured.

Anonymous said...

I am curious. I am reading a book about an Irish storyteller from the 1950's. He is telling a story of Saint Patrick though he is just Patrick now in the story. Patrick is traveling around telling the story of Jesus to bring Christianity to Ireland. He goes to a mountain cave to face the Devil and get him to flee the area because he is causing havic. He gets the devil to flee and chases after him. The devil in a hidious form takes a bite out of Davils Bit and after he gets tired drops the rock at Cashel and matches perfect to the bite out of Devils bit. Is the Irish folklore of just the storyteller in the book making part of it up?

Paz said...

I dont know the answer but will try yo find out, for more uptodate pictures of the Bit
http://www.irelandinpicture.net/2011/02/devils-bit-barnane-eile-and-tower-near.html

Gordon said...

Does anyone know the location of the cave?

Matthew Doyle said...

My Family were the Cardens, they bought Barnane Castle at the foot of Devils Bit in 1701. We found out my wifes family the Meaghers share a little cemetery in the field. One half is Meaghers and the other half Cardens. We discoverd this on our honeymoon in 1995.

Paz said...

Devits Bit always one of the most popular searched term on this site

Basil Kealey said...

My people(Kealy"s) came from Ballyhenry.