ULSTER PLACE-NAME SOCIETY NEWSLETTER
Society Newsletter 5th Nov 2013
UPNS Autumn lecture (Seán
Mac Airt Memorial)
and AGM, 28th Nov.
The Society’s Autumn lecture is entitled ‘Scots
elements in Ulster place-names’ and will be given by Dr Pat McKay
of the Ulster Place-Name Society, at 8.00 p.m. on Thursday 28th
November 2013, in the Peter Froggatt Centre (behind the main university
building). This will be the second lecture, in our 61st year, to
commemorate the Society’s founder, John Arthurs or Seán Mac Airt.
(May lectures will commemorate Deirdre Flanagan). The AGM will commence
at 7.00 p.m. sharp and all members are urged to attend.
The recent debate about the naming of GAA clubs after
controversial figures such as Kevin Lynch of Dungiven has reminded some
unthinking people that place-names can have political and historical
significance. In the Irish News of Oct 26th Patrick Murphy
gave a long list of controversial historical characters after whom local
places have been named, with the suggestion ‘We must rename Craigavon’.
He then extended concern to the connotations of place-names which have
been re-used to name places in Northern Ireland. One could add: where
else would name an elegant and comfortable hotel Culloden, after a
massacre in Scotland?
Spring Lecture (Deirdre Flanagan Memorial)
Society’s Spring Lecture was given by Dr Pádraig Ó Cearbhaill,
Senior Place-Names Officer of An Brainse Logainmneacha, who gave a
fascinating account of the place-names of Co. Leitrim, with particular
focus on the generic elements commonly occurring in the names of Leitrim
townlands. A summary of the
talk will be available on the UPNS website.
Ireland Place-Name Project database and website
The Northern Ireland Place-Name Project website, with
explanations of the townland names of Co. Down (www.placenamesni.org)
was launched on 29 January 2013. The site now lists all place-names on
the database, not just the townlands, but unfortunately the historical
6-inch mapping has had to be removed.
NIPNP received a grant of £7,800 in June from the
University's Research Support Fund to fund the enhancement of the
and to make it more user-friendly in terms of engagement with the
public. This work is currently being carried out by Kainos and will be
completed by the end of November. The new site will go live before
Christmas and feedback will be welcomed from UPNS members on any aspect
of the new site.
to our new chairman, Mícheál Ó Mainnín, who has been appointed a
Professor in the Department of Irish and Celtic Studies at QUB.
Gift Aid Forms: Any
member who has not yet returned a gift aid form is asked to do so as
soon as possible. Please note that completed forms are to be sent to
your own bank and not returned to the Society.
Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland is holding its 23rd
annual conference at Gregynog Hall, near Newtown, Powys, Wales, 4th-7th
April. The excursion will
explore the part of Shropshire with strong Welsh linguistic influences.
Further details at www.snsbi.org.uk
2014: The 25th
International Congress of Onomastic Sciences will be hosted by the
University of Glasgow, 25-29 August 2014.
Further details are available online at www.icos2014.com
Society’s Celebrating Ulster
Townlands Exhibition was on display at the On
Home Ground Poetry Festival in the Laurel Villa Guesthouse in
Magherafelt from 20th-22nd September 2013. Sadly the death of
Seamus Heaney shortly before the event meant that the festival had to
become a memorial tribute to the great poet. It included a talk by Pat
McKay entitled ‘Heaney Country: its townlands and parishes’.
part of a forthcoming Ulster Scots Agency exhibition entitled ‘The
Charter Towns of Ulster: 1613-2013’ Pat McKay is to provide a section
giving the original Irish-language versions and meanings of the names of
the settlements in Ulster which were granted charter town status during
the Plantation of Ulster as well as historical documentation of the
Binevenagh Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty: place-name project Co. Derry
The Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust, supported by
Coleraine and Limavady Councils, should have now completed their local
exhibition on some of the townland and field names of Binevenagh AONB.
However Kay Muhr could not make the launch meeting and has not been told
anything further about venues etc.
Field Names Project
ENVISION project is seeking volunteers to help collect further field
names from members of the community in mid Co. Derry; to record sound
files of the field names; investigate their meanings; and digitise the
information on a GIS (equipment can be provided). They are also
interested in local names in Irish, and themes include:
Connecting place-names with nature – ancient woodland at The Darragh.
Analysis of townland names derivations around Drumnaph ancient woodland.
Surviving field names around Carntogher – recording and analysis.
Gaelic-family naming system in east Sperrins – recording and analysis.
Pól Mac Cana at An Carn: Tel. 028-7954-9978 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kay Muhr, Pat McKay, Paul Tempan, Mícheál Ó Mainnín, UPNS
c/o Irish and Celtic Studies, School of Modern Languages, QUB BT7 1NN ) m