The Irish of Erris, Co. Mayo
A phonemic study
Éamonn Mhac an Fhailigh
With a grammatical supplement
Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies 1980
First published 1968
The barony of Erris occupies the north-west corner of the Co. Mayo. Broadhaven from the north and Blacksod Bay from the south penetrate to meet at the isthmus of Belmullet and cut off from the rest the Mullet peninsula to the west. On the east Erris adjoins the barony of Tirawly.
The term Erris, in the language of the older inhabitants of Dû Chaocháin, is of restricted meaning and applied to the Mullet peninsula only. P. Knight, at p. 4 of his book, writes: ‘Erris means western peninsula and strictly speaking should be confined to the portion within the isthmus of the Mullet, … the natives call all beyond that “the mountains”