Readers of your article on townlands last Tuesday may like to know a website showing history and maps of townlands here.
www.placenamesni.org , is live online, thanks to a partnership between Land and Property Services (formerly Ordnance Survey) Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Place-Name Project in Queen’s University.
Not all the place-name information is displaying perfectly yet, but this will be tidied up before the site is launched officially.
So far it provides the meaning of all the townland names of Co Down, and the researchers are looking for funding to complete similar paragraphs for the other five counties.
Many people do not realise that townlands were restored to Northern Ireland addresses in 2005, for geographic usefulness as well as heritage, and you will now also find them printed on the back of the new Discovery series maps.
The Ulster Place-Name Society fully supports the Stormont promotion of townlands, and will be taking part in the Ulster Historical Foundation’s lifelong learning course (from February 5) at Stranmillis.
Chairman, Ulster Place-Name Society