You won't believe your eyes when you see some of these unusual Irish place names.

1. Muckanaghederdauhaulia, Co. Galway - the longest place name in Ireland. It’s a small village in the Connemara Gaeltacht between Camus and Carraroe, in County Galway. In Irish, this is "Muiceanach idir Dhá Sháile" – which literally means “pig-shaped hill between two seas”.

It is also thought to be the longest name for a port in the world. The second-longest place name in Ireland is Newtownmountkennedy in County Wicklow, at 19 letters.

2. Newtwopothouse, Mallow, Co.Cork -
this is a small village 6 km outside of Mallow, the Cork town. It's famous for growing the best grass in Ireland.

3. Muff, Co. Donegal - Apparently, the name derives from a mispronunciation of the Irish 'Magh', meaning plain.

4. Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford - a small seaside town in Co. Wexford, just south of another rather morbidly named town, called Gorey.

5. Nobber, Co. Meath - derives from the Irish word “an obair," which means “the work.”

6. Hospital, Co. Limerick - acquired its name from the Knights Hospitaller, a Christian organization in the time of the Crusades. Ironically, the town doesn’t have any medical facilities.

7. Kilbrittain, Co. Cork - you would think that it might be politically correct to change this name but the locals refuse to budge.

8. Cockhill Road, Stamullen, Co. Meath - there are a number of ‘cocks’ in Irish place names: Shercok, a town in Co. Cavan, and Kilcock in Co. Kildare, which is about 40 km of the Dublin suburb, Ballsbridge.

9. Kill, Co. Kildare - perhaps one of the more violently named place names in Ireland, along with Swords and Stoneybatter, both in Dublin.

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Honorable mentions:

Trim, Co. Meath 

Clones, Co. Monaghan

Tang, Co. Westmeath

Tempo, Co. Fermanagh

Inch, Co. Cork

Camp, Co. Kerry

Ovens, Co. Cork

Most unpronounceable:

A tie between Graiguenamanagh and Kilmacanogue.