by ehistoryadmin on November 5, 2016


New user-friendly place names website

A new website – google “meitheal logainm” designed to capture field names and other local names is now online and is open for contributions from everybody.
The site is extremely user-friendly and affords the opportunity to log on to a map local names such as field names, lanes, cross-roads, street corners etc.
There is no threshold of evidence needed, all a contributor has to do is log the name and, if possible, write a line as to the origin of the name, if known. The site is ideal for putting on the record place-names -which have not been picked up in the Ordnance Survey mapping.
Look at the Co Meath field names on the site to get an idea of how the site facilitates the uploading of names that are very local and ephemeral.
The site is separate from, but runs parallel to, the website which embodies the work of the professional place-names scholars of the State’s place-names branch. The latter site has itself been greatly enhanced with fabulous links to maps and other resources on Ireland’s place- names.
Meanwhile give “meitheal logainm” a go and let’s make sure that Co Kildare is right up there with the others in terms of the density of local place names added to the map.
Liam Kenny
Co Kildare

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