Slíab Echtge

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Slíab Echtge (Echtge’s Mountain), often cited in the writings of W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory, a range of mountains (1,243 feet) east of Gort and south of Loughrea, Co Galway; usually known in English as Slieve Aughty (or Baughty). Place-name legend links the mountains with Echthge, a woman of the Tuatha Dé Danann, hence a goddess, who was given them as a dowry. Lady Gregory acknowledged that Irish-speaking villages in these mountains, now abandoned, were the source of much of the folklore in her Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland.

The Collected Works of W.B. Yeats Vol. III

Photo: Lough Graney is the largest of several lakes that nestle in the sandstone hills of the Slieve Aughty Mountains of Co Clare. Slieve Aughty, a range of low mountains that runs north-south from southern Galway into Co Clare.

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