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Posted by Murrisk on October 30, 2002 at 23:41:12:

In Reply to: Re: Landscapes and place names posted by Whitey on October 30, 2002 at 23:11:43:

From J.F. Quinn's series of articles on Mayo history published in the Western People during the 1930's:-
"AN ancient spot like Shrule, with great historical associations, might be expected to have a more aristocratic name. It simply means a stream, and the name has been variously spelled. The ancient name was Sruthair, pronounced Sruther. It is also spelled Shruel. Struell, Sroot and Scroohil.

It has the same meaning as Sruathan, pronounced phonetically Shruffaun, which is the old name applied to Newantrim Street. Castlebar, for the reason that a small stream passed that way the outflow from the springs at the creamery supplying the old reservoir, which was the town's first supply, and still in operation, supplying a few fountains known as the "Black Pumps." It is excellent spring water, and much in favour. It would be difficult to now trace it, as in the course of building operations it was confined within a stone lined drain, and its course today a good deal more diverted as the old maps show a different outfall of the river.

The name is also met as Stroughan, Sruffaun, Straffan. Truan and Trone."

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