My grandfather, Joseph Lusk, came to this country in 1888 from Banbridge, N. Ireland. In 1985, my son and I visited there and also went to Lusk, Ireland, a small village outside of Dublin. A brochure we obtained there states that St. Maccullin, an early convert to Christianity, founded a monastery there and according to tradition, was buried in a cave there when he died in 497. The Gaelic word for cave is "Lusca", from which Lusk is derived. The booklet further states that in pre-Christian times, Lusk was the site of a sanctuary dedicated to the Celtic god Lugh, and was called Lugh-Lochta Loga. Apart from this, I once met a minister in Ridgefield, CT whose name was Lusk and who had come from N. Ireland. He told me the name was Viking in origin, and that legend had it that the name came into Ireland with a survivor of a shipwreck of Viking pirates. Take your pick!
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