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ac86
1057154.  Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:27 am Reply with quote

Although many people think Blackpool is in England, it's actually in Ireland. The Gaelic for "black pool" is "dubh linn", which is where the capital city gets its name. Slightly less interesting, but still intriguing, is that "dubh" would be pronounced in most Irish dialects in a similar way to "dove", so it should really be called Duvlin anyway.

 
djgordy
1057164.  Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:23 am Reply with quote

Blackpool is still in England though, unless the fracking has caused an earth tremor of such magnitude that it has slipped across the Irish Sea.

 
CharliesDragon
1057212.  Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:14 am Reply with quote

But there is sort of a Blackpool in Ireland, too, which I find interesting. I'm a bit annoyed I didn't "get it" before the explanation, as I know "dubh" is black in Gaelic.

 
Alfred E Neuman
1057241.  Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:43 am Reply with quote

Here's another one then, if that's the way it works: Swartwater

 
Zebra57
1057410.  Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:13 pm Reply with quote

The city of a thousand is capital of Madagascar.

 
Efros
1057413.  Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:09 pm Reply with quote

IIRC Kolam Hitam is blackpool in Malay.

 
knightmare
1057454.  Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:27 pm Reply with quote

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Swartwater


In a way the Colakreek (near the Blaka Watra Creek), not a pool, is a modern version. And there's yet another Zwarte Water.

 
Pyriform
1057507.  Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:11 am Reply with quote

There's Pwlldu on the Gower Peninsula, too.

 
Dix
1057661.  Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:58 pm Reply with quote

Oh, we're collecting.

Sortedamss°en in Copenhagen

 
'yorz
1057666.  Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:10 pm Reply with quote

And there's the Dutch town of Zwartemeer, close to Klazinaveen, in Drenthe.

 
knightmare
1057671.  Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:38 pm Reply with quote

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there's the Dutch town of Zwartemeer, close to Klazinaveen, in Drenthe.


The Zwarte Water empties in the Zwarte Meer.

 
duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1251427.  Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:10 pm Reply with quote

'Douglas' is based on the Gaelic term 'dubh glas' meaning 'black water'.

 
AlmondFacialBar
1251468.  Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:32 pm Reply with quote

ac86 wrote:
Although many people think Blackpool is in England, it's actually in Ireland. The Gaelic for "black pool" is "dubh linn", which is where the capital city gets its name. Slightly less interesting, but still intriguing, is that "dubh" would be pronounced in most Irish dialects in a similar way to "dove", so it should really be called Duvlin anyway.


Dublin therefore being one of the few Viking Irish settlements that haven't got a Viking name. When the Vikings first arrived, they found the monastic settlement Dubh Linn already in place and simply took over the name as Dyflin. The modern pronounciation of Dublin is an English corruption because the Brits found it pretty much impossible to fathom that the letter combination bh could mean anything else but a b. ┴th Cliath, Dublin's modern Irish name, goes back to a different settlement up river from the Viking one.

And yes, there is an actual Blackpool in Cork. Its Irish name is not Dubh Linn, but An Linn Dubh.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 

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