Ath Luain

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Ath Luain
Athlone, on the Shannon, on the borders of Connacht and Meath.
"[The Brown Bull] drank again at Ath Luain, and left Finnbennach's loins there - that is how the place was named Ath Luain, the Ford of the Loins" (The Táin, 252).

The name ‘Ath Luain’ literally means ‘Ford of the Loins.’ The word ‘ath,’ meaning ‘ford,’ is one of the most common elements in Irish place-names, including those names found within the Táin Bó Cúalnge.


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