Swangate Loro Gate Geata Lárach

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Loro Gate –  Swangate – Geata Lárach – Central Gate

In the Book of Survey and Distribution map, circa 1583, of Athenry this gate is called Laragh Gate. This is an anglicised version of the Irish name “Geata Lárach” meaning the “Central Gate” or Main Gate!

“Loro” is an anglicised abbreviation of the vernacular pronunciation of the Irish name “Lárach”

The land outside this gate is called “Laragh Gate Quarter” and in the map it was in the possession of a number of citizens of the town – “All Irish Papists”

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Laragh Gate Quarter

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Work in progress at Láragh Gate, Athenry – 01 Feb 2014

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Work in progress at Láragh Gate, Athenry – 01 Feb 2014

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Written by Finbarr O'Regan

Published here 05 Feb 2021

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