Bearna means ‘gap’, I think, as in a mountain gap. Which ‘bearna’ does it refer to?
Bearna spelt like that would be a gap between hills alright … but it’s a very common part of many placenames - e.g. Bearnageeha - the windy gap or Bearnabwee - the yellow gap etc.
However because of the obscurities of anglicisation of Irish names - there is oft confusion with Barr na …, which is anglicised and pronounced exactly the same way. Barr na means ‘the height of’. So you could have Barnabaun beside Barnabwee, one a hill (the white hill in this case) and one a gap. Unless you asked a local which name applied to which, you’d be guessing many a long day.
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