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Connacht (Irish: Connachta), also known by the English spelling: Connaught1, is a western province of Ireland, comprising the counties of Galway (Gaillimh), Leitrim (Liatroim), Mayo (Maigh Eo), Roscommon (Ros Comáin), Sligo (Sligeach). Its main urban centres are Galway City in the south, and Sligo Town in the north.
- Duke of Connaught
- Kingdoms of ancient Ireland
- Kings of Connacht
- Provinces of Ireland
- The Peoples or Nations of Ancient Ireland
- Medhbh (Medb, Maeve), Queen of Connacht in the Ulster Cycle.
1 The spelling Connaught reflects the former English practice -- in Ireland, though not in Scotland -- of representing the Gaelic voiceless velar fricative ch as ugh (compare lough for loch), (u)gh having been used in Middle English for the same sound. Although this sound later disappeared from English, the spelling of words like "thought" and "caught" remained unaltered -- and in a further Anglicization the "new" English pronunciation of -aught was even applied in England to titles like that of the Duke of Connaught. In Ireland, however, the original pronunciation having remained intact, the Gaelic-style spelling Connacht is now used more often in English. It may have gained currency by mistranslation of the Irish name into English: in Irish, the form "Cúige Chonnacht" (province of Connacht) is almost always used, and this may have led to people misunderstanding genitive case "Connacht" as the Gaelic version instead of nominative case "Connachta".
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