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Irish place-name, often cited in the writings of W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory, for the range of mountains (1,243 feet) between Counties Clare and Galway, between Loughrea and Lough Derg; usually known in English as Slieve Aughty (or Baughty). Place-name legend links the mountains with Echthge, a lady of the Tuatha Dé Danann, 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 (London, 1920).

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