Collecting and Mapping

General Guide for Collecting and Mapping Placenames

The important thing is that you NOW record some of the living oral placename heritage of the place that you know best. Consult one of the volumes in the Cork and Kerry Place Names for direction and layout of data.

Arrange to deposit your collection in a public library so that what you have collected, mapped and saved will be preserved for posterity.

Please note that there would seem to be little merit in spending energy and time in transcribing or translating names from existing documented sources as they are unlikely to be lost. Hundreds of thousands of local names vanish every few years because they do get written down and almost all never get their location mapped. Please start collecting NOW your local oral placename heritage from those who live in your area. The following may be of help.

  • 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. Names can only survive in speech when people know their location.
  • State what is named in each name eg. a field, a hill, a building etc. Provide a description for each named feature or place.
  • Add any information as to how the name may have come about. eg. history and local lore etc
  • Add information about people who passed on names to you.
  • Its important to give an oral or documented source for placenames, if at all possible.
  • Post or email your submission of placenames to the Local Studies Unit at Cork or Kerry, Co. Library. Be sure to include your name and address & other contact details
  • The more information supplied about each name the better.
  • Perhaps, you would consider organising others to start collecting and mapping your local placename heritage for the purpose of having the material recorded and kept for posterity in your local library. If you study and adopt the Cork & Kerry Place Names Survey methodology for collecting and mapping local names in your own area you will be doing something worthwhile for your community.
  • Having achieved its objectives Logainmneacha Chorcaí & Áitainmneacha Chiarraí / Cork and Kerry Place Names Survey ceased to operate.
  • Should anyone at anytime find that they did not return some Placename Survey Maps and forms they can forward them to the Cork or Kerry Co. Library, Local Studies Unit.

* Should individuals, groups, cultural, historical, educational and any organised voluntary grouping be willing in the local and national interest undertake in their home area and parishe(s) the systematic collection and mapping of placenames principly from oral sources, advice is available by contacting Cork County Library.

The example below gives a sample of how accurate the placenames are recorded giving pin-point positioning on maps which can then be easily identified in aerial photographs.

Collecting and Mapping

1. Pointe an Chuais Leithin 
2. An Stuaic/An Monument 
3. An Chathaoir Ríoga 
4. An Cuas Leathan 
5. Tón na gCaincíní 
6. Cuas na gColúr 
7. Cuas an Chapaill 
8. Cuas an Duglais 
9. Bóthar Chuas an Duglais 
10. Leaca Loch an Lín 
11. Cuas an Eísc