Belfast Telegraph

Portaferry venue for place name history

By Michael Bashford

Portaferry will be the venue for 1,000 years of place name history in Northern Ireland when a new exhibition opens in the town’s Tourist Information and Visitor Centre.

‘Celebrating Ulster’s Townlands’ is a travelling exhibition from the Ulster Place-Name Society and explores the links which local place names have with everything from the landscape, plants, animals and birds to history, mythology, customs and folklore.

And there will be additional information on language and culture provided by both the Ulster Scots Agency, which aims to promote the Ulster Scots language and culture, and the ULTACH Trust, a charity which aims to promote the Irish language in Northern Ireland.

“This exhibition gives a fascinating insight into the origins of local place names and whether you have an interest in history or are simply curious about some of the seemingly odd names which you find around Northern Ireland, the explanations are here,” said Mayor of Ards, Councillor Jim Fletcher.

“I’m delighted that one of the council’s centres is hosting the exhibition and in so doing is helping to bring a very absorbing subject to the widest possible audience”.

The show opens this Friday (April 10) and is the first in the new series of Art in the Loft exhibitions staged every spring and summer to showcase the work of local artists and craftspeople, as well as historical and cultural displays.

The event also marks the opening of Portaferry Tourist Information and Visitor Centre for the 2009 season.

The ‘Celebrating Ulster’s Townlands’ exhibition runs from Friday, April 10 to Thursday, May 28 at Portaferry Tourist Information Centre at Castle Street, Portaferry. The centre is open Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm and admission is free.

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