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THE LUNGY

          “The Lungy” is the name of a Street in Sligo Town, County Sligo, Ireland.  The Irish version of the name is “Sráid Na Loganna” which roughly translates as street of the hollow.[1]  At various times, the street has been spelled innumerable ways including:  Longaig, Longay, Lungey, Lunghay, Lunghey and Lunghy.[2]  The Lungy today begins at the corner of Church Street and Charles Street and extends to Temple Street.[3]   

          Most sources agree that the name “the Lungy” is one of the most uncommon of Sligo’s street names; however, there is a disagreement as to its origins.  Terence O’Rorke, a parish priest and local Sligo historian, indicates that the name comes from the Irish for ‘Long’-pronounced lung- meaning a ship.[4]  The story goes that this area in Sligo Town has a hollow in its middle where the old Lungy Well was located, and because the area was frequently saturated with water, it rose and fell similar to the swaying motion of a ship on the sea.[5]  Another Sligo historian, Colonel William Gregory Wood-Martin, agrees with the “ship” theory but also believes that the name may have been derived from a similar word meaning a fortress or an encampment.[6] 


 

Art McCarrick discusses the meaning of the word Lungy, with images of present day Lungy Street in Sligo.

[1] Gallagher, Fióna, The Streets of Sligo, 706 (2008).  The Irish word logán (in ground) is translated as a depression or hollow.  Collins Irish Dictionary, 517 (2nd ed. 2006).  Jim McDonald correctly notes that the "place-name was the Lungy, or variants, and the street is called after the place-name not the other way round."  Letter from Jim McDonald, in private collection (2011). 

[2] Wood-Martin, W.G., History of Sligo County and Town Volume III, 205n (1882).

[3] Although the destruction of buildings above ground has been substantial, the street pattern of the 17th Century Sligo Town is largely intact.  Sligo Development Plan Section 13.1, page 2 (2010). 

[4] O’Rorke, T., The History of Sligo: Town and County, Vol I., 409 (1889).  “It was next to impossible to find any explanation of the strange word Lungy, the people being all in the dark on the subject.”  Id. at 409.    

[5] Gallagher, Fióna, The Streets of Sligo, 705 (2008), citing to O’Rorke, T., The History of Sligo: Town and County, Vol. I., 409 (1889).   

[6] Wood-Martin, W.G., History of Sligo County and Town Volume III, 205n (1882).  

       


 

                                    





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Sligo or in Irish "Sligeach" means shelly place.  Sligo is both a town and a county in the province of Connacht, Ireland.  The County of Sligo is shown below in dark green.  
  


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