Kilkenny Field Name Recording Project


Kilkenny Field Name Recording Project

Information Meeting in Cois Abhann Centre, Inistioge.


Wednesday 2nd April, 2014

8.00 - 9.30 pm

All welcome

Aim of the project: The Kilkenny Fieldname Recording Project is an initiative of the Kilkenny County Council Heritage Office, supported by the Heritage Council, to work with communities around County Kilkenny to record and map the old fieldnames before they are lost.

Aims of the meeting

- To provide information on resources available in collecting field names in County Kilkenny.
- To give basic instruction in the preferred method of field name collection.
- To begin the process of collecting the field names in the Inistioge area.


Dearbhala Ledwidge, Heritage Officer with Kilkenny County Council and Alan Counihan, the Project’s co-ordinator, will attend.

Kilkenny Fieldname Recording Project

The Field Over the Wood, The Lacken, The Rath Field, Molly's Acre, Pin Cushion,

An Caitheamh Siar, An Seabhac, Drom Riach, Páirc an Úill

Do you remember names like these being spoken around your kitchen table, out in the farmyard or at the church gate; the field names of your family farm, your townland or your parish? Some of these names are generations old and tell us as much about ourselves as about our families and communities, each name like a stitch that holds the fabric of our history together. 

The Kilkenny Fieldname Recording Project is an initiative of the Kilkenny Heritage Office to work with communities around County Kilkenny in the recording and mapping of all the old fieldnames before they are lost. The Heritage Office provides support and training to local communities to record the names. All the fieldnames collected will be recorded in GIS and will be a permanent record for future generations, and made accessible to all on the project’s website. To date, field names surveys have been completed in the following townlands of the county: Tullabrin, Agha, Carrigeen, Johnswell, Mount Nugent Lower, Mount Nugent Upper, Knocknacuppoge, Coolbricken, Sandfordscourt, Tullahought, Kiltown, Gaulstown, Ballyhomuck. Clontubrid, Davidstown, Fiddaun Upper, Firoda Upper, Gaulstown (CP: Gaulskill), Glenmagoo (aka Firoda Lower), Grogan, Knockbrack, Knocknew, Rathinure, Rathnasmolagh, Farnoge, Farnoge East, Farnoge West, Ballyrahan, and Balllincrea.

Work is at present ongoing in several communities around the county to record more fieldnames in 2014. 

This project has developed from the Townlands Project, a collaborative project which explores a very specific place, the nine townlands in the old civil parish of Rathcoole, Co Kilkenny, led by Alan Counihan.

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