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(Competition supported by the QUB Vice-Chancellor’s Fund)

Press Release

At a meeting of the judges on May 15th 2003 in the Great Hall at QUB winners of the Northern Ireland Place-Name Project’s Townlands in Art competition were decided. 

The judging panel - Mrs Joan Carson MLA, Raymond Clements OSNI and Prof David Johnston of QUB, and artists Anne Anderson and Grace Digney - were presented with a wide range of artwork using media from pencil, paper and paint, scraperboard, photography and photo-etching, to collage, fabric wall-hanging, hat design, and glass. The age range of entrants was impressive with work submitted by children as young as 4, all the way through to adult artists. Primary schools from all over the province were represented.

The exhibition of work from the competition was on show at the Visitors’ Centre at Queen’s during June and July, before moving on to other local venues. The prize-giving event was held on Thursday 12th June 2003 at 11.30am at the Visitors’ Centre. The Armagh Rhymers gave a special performance celebrating Townlands in music and verse. The winners were presented with special certificates giving the history of their chosen place-name. These were designed by Mark Mulholland who also did the Celebrating Ulster Townlands Exhibition. 

The competition aimed to remind people of their place-name heritage, now that townlands are to be restored to Northern Ireland addresses with the launch of the new Pointer address database www.pointer-ni.gov.uk

Winners of the various classes are shown on the following pages:-

 Primary School

Secondary School and Adult

Groups and Signage

Full list of all certificate winners

As well as the winning entry in each class, the Townland name illustrated by the entry is given in English, followed by the Townland name in Irish, an explanation of the meaning of the Townland name and some further historical detail (as shown on the prize certificates).   

Townlands in Art Certificate

The designer Mark Mulholland's own souvenir of the certificates for the prizewinners is shown above. The picture he used is the entry on Derryaghy by Emma Cooney of St Mary's Derrymore, Co. Armagh, 3rd prizewinner Primary 5-7.

 Correspondence to: Northern Ireland Place-Name Project, Irish & Celtic Studies,

School of Modern Languages, Queen’s University Belfast BT7 1NN.

Tel: 028 9027 3689,   Fax: 028 9033 5298,  Email: townlands.upns@gmail.com