: I have recently found that my great-great
: grandmother was named Catherine Laighnase.
: She was married in Southern Roscommon but I
: have never heard of the name Laighnase. Would
: anyone be able to shed some light on the history
: and location for this surname?
: peter greene
This is a guess but might be worth following:
Laighleis (with a long e, or e fada) is the Gaelic for Lawless who were numerous in Galway. I think I recall store with that name in Roscommon Town but my Telecom Eireann CD-ROM expired so I can't check it. [If you know how to over-ride the expiry date, I'll look for the name.]