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In Gaelic, "Dara" is the word for "second" (as in "after the first"; not time seconds). Second child heh-heh. Dara, as a name, is derived from "doire", which means oak wood or grove (the Gaelic word for oak is "dair"). Oaks are sacred trees in Celtic mythology, and appear in many legends. In fact, the word for a Celtic priest, druid, comes from the Celtic word for oak. The surname Mac Dara is a form of Mac Dubhdara which means "son of black oak". Doire is also the name of a city and county in Northern Ireland. It's English name is Derry (or Londonderry, if you prefer :p), but Dara is a much prettier anglicisation.
-- Anonymous User  2/15/2009

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