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Cork and Kerry Place Names Survey
1. Who are we?
2. The Place Names Archive collections
3. Launch of Kerry Place Names
4. Why collect Placenames?
5. The type of names collected
6. Cork City Place Names Survey 2010-11
7. Contact us

1.Who are we?
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Cork Place Names Survey was established in 1996 by Dr. Éamon Lankford to undertake the collection and mapping of the minor placename heritage of Co. Cork. Áitainmneacha Chiarraí / Kerry Place Names was formed in 2000 to conduct a similar Place Names Survey in Kerry. The voluntary Cork and Kerry Place Names Survey group incorporated a two county Survey Team known as Logainmneacha Chorcaí / Cork Place Names Survey for Cork County and Suirbhé Áitainmneacha Chiarraí / Kerry Place Names Survey for County Kerry. The Steering Committee and Advisory Council composed of people from Cork and Kerry came together to undertake the systematic collection and mapping of the placename heritage of both counties. The organising and co-ordination of both Surveys was carried out at An tÁras, 13 Dyke Parade, Cork. By the close of 2009 the placenames collected and mapped from both oral and documented sources in both counties were collated into bound volume collections and presented to the Cork and Kerry county libraries.

2. The Place Names Archive collections
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As of June 2009 Cork County Library in Cork city holds 115 volumes of references to Cork placenames compiled since 1976 throughout Co. Cork by Dr. Éamon Lankford. The collection is known as the Cork Place Names Archive. The material being compiled for the Barony of Cork including Cork city is awaiting collation, editing and presentation at the Cork Place Names Archive, Cork County Library, Carrigrohane Road, Cork.
Dr Éamon Lankford, Director and Compiler of the Cork Place Names Survey Archive.
President of Ireland launches mapped archive of Cork placenames, 10 June 2009
"THE PRESIDENT has paid tribute to a Cork toponymist and his team of researchers on their achievement of compiling the first mapped archive of placenames for any county in Ireland. President Mary McAleese said that the work of Dr Eamon Lankford and the 200-plus researchers who helped compile Logainmneacha Chorcaí or the Cork Place Names Survey was truly unique and represented a valuable archive for future generations".
Irish Times, 11/06/2009
Speaking at the launch of the Cork Place Names Archive on 10th June 2009 the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese stated:
Click here to see the President's speech
The target date for the creation of Ireland’s first County Place Names Archive to house the collected data was for Co. Cork set for 2009 and for Co. Kerry 2010. The Survey Team enlisted the help of teachers, their students and parents, the farming and fishing community, local development, educational and cultural organizations in both counties. Practically all of the names collected in the two county survey had not been previously recorded. The Local Studies Units in both the Cork and Kerry County Library now collectively hold a collection of 170 bound volumes with over 300,000 references to placenames throughout two counties. Library staff will be able to attend to enquiries regarding what the collections contain.
3. Launch of Kerry Place Names Archive 4 June 2010
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Muckross House, Killarney, Co. Kerry was the venue for the launch of the Kerry Place Names Archive on 4th June 2010 by Mr. Pat Carey, T.D., Minister for Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs. Speaking of the importance of placenames in the preservation of local identity and heritage, the Minister said, ‘Many of the placenames give a clear insight into the mindset, folklore, beliefs and day-to-day life in times of yore. These placenames will not survive unless they are used by people in their vernacular. The biggest challenge facing all of us is to encourage people to use them in their own areas. It would also help if these native names were used in newspapers, magazines and official documents as often as possible’.
Pat Carey, T.D. Minister for Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs and Dr. Éamon Lankford, Director Kerry Place Names Survey & Archive at Muckross House gardens prior to the Launch of the Kerry Place Names Archive, 4 June 2010.
By June 2010 the object of creating two public County Place Names Archives had been achieved within target and the Survey Team turned its full attention to the collection of placenames in Cork city. Of course hundreds of thousands of other placenames remain uncollected throughout rural Co. Cork and Kerry and will die out if not recorded. The further collection and mapping of placenames in both counties is a challenge for others to pursue.
Presentation to the South West Region Management of FÁS in recognition of their contribution to the creation of the Cork Place Names Archive 2008 and Kerry Place Names Archive 2009
L to R: Ms. Patricia O’ Mahony Assistant Manager Community Services FÁS South West Region, Donal Kerr Regional Director FÁS South West Region, Dr. É. Lankford Director Cork & Kerry Place Names Survey, Seán O’ Sullivan Manager Community Services FÁS South West Region.
Since June 2010 the 54 volumes of placenames compiled by the Kerry Place Names Survey Team (1999-2009) are available for public consultation at Kerry County Library, Moyderwell, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Accompaning the bound volumes of the Place Names Survey in both the Cork and Kerry Place Names Archives is an indexed boxed collection of documentation titled Placenames Sources compiled during the lifetime of both Place Names Surveys. The Placename Sources collection for rural Co. Cork runs to some 160 boxes while that for the Kerry Place Names Survey is to be found in 60 boxes. The Library has a complete listing of what each box contains.
Some of the archive boxes of documentation titled Kerry Placenames Sources on view prior to the Launch of the Kerry Place Names Archive, 4 June 2010. The Placenames Sources Collection contains the original placename submissions received from the public, fieldwork notes by the Survey Team and other documentation on which the 54 bound volumes of the Kerry Place Names Archive are based.
A selection of volumes from the Kerry Place Names Survey exhibited at Muckross House prior to the launch of the Kerry Place Names Archive by Pat Carey, T.D., Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, 4 June 2010.
4. Why collect placenames?
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Irish placenames are an integral, though often forgotten part of the cultural heritage of Ireland. They are a valuable source of knowledge of the past, giving meaning to the landscape and defining the relationship between communities and their physical environment.
The historical and cultural profile of townlands, parishes, counties, urban areas and even countries can be given greater depth and richness through study of the etymology of placenames. Much of the thought, folklore, genealogy, religion, daily life and work of those living on and interacting with their landscape can be appreciated through placenames study. Placenames can also provide an insight into the climate, flora and fauna of the region studied. Placenames in Ireland are at the heart of community identity in town and country, in townland and street.
5. The type of names collected
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All names in Irish or in English given to manmade and natural features in the Cork and Kerry rural and urban landscape and the lore attached to such minor names were collected and their location mapped. Names of fields, hills, cliffs, islands, inlets, harbours, wells, streams, rocks, heights, slopes, hollows, lakes, bogs, caves, laneways, cross-roads, boundaries, house-ruins, roads, pathways, etc are included. Most farmers have or had names on every field and feature and many of these may now no longer be used by the community, hence the urgency of recording them
The Cork Place Names Survey Team recorded 21 placenames at the location covered by the view shown in the photo.
Ownership names that are now obsolete, as well as old names that were used before the amalgamation of fields into larger units were included in the Place Names Survey. Street names and names which may be known only to a few people in a family or those names used only by young people to describe their local areas are important, as well as the lore attached to such names.
The Cork and Kerry Place Names Survey initiative was a collecting and mapping project and as such could not provide a research facility for the public nor spend much time researching information about every single placename.
The public may at any time in the future submit placename collections or lists of placenames, mapped or unmapped to the Local Studies Unit at Cork County Library, Carrigrohane Road, Cork or the Local Studies Unit at Kerry County Library, Moyderwell, Tralee, Co. Kerry.
Cork City Place Names Survey 2010-11
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We want your help!!!
During 2010-11 the Cork Place Names Survey Team is concentrating its entire efforts on the collection and mapping of placenames in Cork city. All are invited to help identify and record names applied to any natural or man-made features in the landscape of Cork city and its surrounding area.
Names in Irish and English, obsolete names, slang names, ‘nicknames’, former street names and names given to all kinds of buildings, old and new are included in the survey.
The National Monument. To the rear from left to right - Sully's (Quay School), Cork Club (now Bank of Scotland), the Bowfronts on Grand Parade (Sráid an Chapaill bhuí).
Examples of names which fall into the above categories include names like the Black Ash, Cáit Shea’s Lane, Murphy’s Farm, the Snotty Bridge, The Shaky Bridge, the Boggy Road, Tinker’s Cross, Skiddy's home and local names given to pubs, and facilities of all kinds as well as names of places and features called after people and events, local and national.
Skiddy's Home on Bob and Joan's Walk, to the rear of former "North Infer" (North Infirmary Hospital).
Please contact Cork Place Names Survey (Logainmneacha Chorcaí) if you have information about the placenames known perhaps only to you and your neighbours in your home area, in the city or surrounding areas. If you are a teacher or community leader please encourage your students and neighbours to spend 15 minutes recording for posterity the names in daily speech in their home area. Please write the names down and send them to us by post, email or by telephone.
The survey includes placenames recorded in documented and oral sources. Among documented sources are maps like Pacata Hibernia [1585-1600] Ordinance Survey and other maps Cork Past and Present as well as placenames extracted from historical documentation, books and journals relating to Cork City.
The placenames recorded from the Cork city area will be added to the Cork Place Names Survey Archive material which was deposited in the Cork County Library, Carrigrohane Road, Cork on 10 June 2009.
Pacata Hibernia map, 1585-1600.
7. Contact us
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Please send us a list of the Cork City names that you know.
Below is a general guide for making a submission of placenames:
  • Make a list of Cork city placenames and give each name a number 1, 2, 3 etc. If possible mark the location of the names on a map or on a sketch map of your own of the area concerned and use the same numbers to identify each name on your list.
  • You can also write an account of location details i.e. address of the named place/feature or give a description of the named place/feature in relation to other places and features in the same locality.
  • State what is named in each name eg. a field, a hill, a building etc.
  • Add any information as to how the name may have come about. eg. history and local lore etc
  • Its important to give an oral or documented source for placenames, if at all possible.
  • The more information supplied about each name the better.
Click here to submit a placename now
If you and your friends can help record Cork city placenames please contact us at:
Tel. 021 4274110
email:logainmneacha@gmail.com
OR
Call to our office
(Mon to Friday, 9 am to 1 pm & 2 pm to 4 pm) at:
Cork Place Names Survey / Logainmneacha Chorcaí,
An tÁras,
13 Dyke Parade,
Cork.

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