Place-names for many people form one of the most evocative parts of the landscape, and the study of place-names provides a revealing window on the land and its people. Many early Irish names for settlements, districts, hills and rivers are in use today and most townland names are of Irish origin. Successive waves of Norse, Anglo-Norman, Scots and English settlers added to this rich tapestry, bringing some names with them from their former homelands and creating many more.


Place-Names of Northern Ireland Vol 1

Co Down I: Newry and South-West Down

£8.50

This volume covers part of southern Co. Down; the Lordship of Newry (including the Armagh parts of Newry parish), and the five parishes in the barony of Upper Iveagh, Upper Half: Clonallan, Donaghmore, Drumgath, Kilbroney and Warrenpoint.
Author:
Gregory Toner and Micheál B. Ó Mainnín
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN:
0 85389 432 9
Published:
1992
 

Place-Names of Northern Ireland Vol 2

Co Down II: The Ards

£8.50

This volume covers the parishes of the Ards peninsula, Co., Down, including Newtownards and Bangor.
Author:
A.J. Hughes and R.J. Hannan
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN:
0 85389 443 7
Published:
1992
 

Place-Names of Northern Ireland Vol 3

Co Down III: The Mournes

£8.50

This volume covers part of southern Co. Down: the barony of Mourne and two parishes in the barony of Iveagh Upper, Lower Half, namely Clonduff and Kilcoo. There is also a section on the Mourne Mountains, a range which straddles the five civil parishes of Kilkeel, Kilcoo, Kilbroney, Clonallan and Clonduff.
Author:
Micheál B. Ó Mainnín
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN:
0 85389 448 5
Published:
1993
 

Place-Names of Northern Ireland Vol 4

Co Antrim I: The Baronies of Toome

£8.50

This volume covers the area of Co. Antrim which lies directly to the north of Lough Neagh and roughly comprises the baronies of Upper and Lower Toome. It deals with the parishes of Cranfield, Drummaul (Randalstown), Duneane, Grange of Ballyscullion, Grange of Shilvodan, Ahoghill, Craigs, Kirkinriola (Ballymena) and Portglenone.
Author:
Patrick McKay
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN:
0 85389 815 4
Published:
1995
 

Place-Names of Northern Ireland Vol 5

Co Derry I: The Moyola Valley

£8.50

This volume covers the area of South Derry on the other side of the Moyola River from Ballynascreen in the west to Ballyscullion in the east, and from Swatragh in the north to Desertmartin in the south.
Author:
Gregory Toner
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN:
0 85389 613 5
Published:
1996
 

Place-Names of Northern Ireland Vol 6

Co Down IV: North-West Down/Iveagh

£8.50

This volume covers the north-west of Co. Down, from Rathfriland to Banbridge, Moira and Dromore. It contains the 11 civil parishes of Aghaderg, Annaclone, Donaghcloney, Dromore, Drumballyroney, Garvaghy, Magheralin, Magherally, Moira, Seapatrick and Tullylish, all within the barony of Iveagh, anciently held by the Magennis family.
Author:
Kay Muhr
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN:
0 85389 571 6
Published:
1996
 

Place-Names of Northern Ireland Vol 7

Co Antrim II: Ballycastle and North-East Antrim

£8.50

This volume covers six civil parishes in the barony of Cary in north-east Co. Antrim: Armoy, Ballintoy, Culfeightrin, Grange of Drumtullagh, Ramoan and Rathlin Island.
Author:
Fiachra Mac Gabhann
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN:
0 85389 665 8
Published:
1997
 
Place-Names of Northern Ireland Series, vols. 1–7,  were originally published by the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University Belfast. They are now distributed by the Ulster Historical Foundation, Unit 7, Cotton Court, Waring Street, Belfast, BT1 2ED, Northern Ireland, UK. tel: +44 028 90 332288, to whom enquiries should be directed. See http://www.booksireland.org.uk/



Place-Names of Northern Ireland Vol 8

Co. Fermanagh I: Lisnaskea and District: The Parish of Aghalurcher

£12.50

This volume covers the large civil parish of Aghalurcher most of which lies in east Fermanagh but a small portion of which is in west Tyrone. It covers the town of Lisnaskea and the townlands adjoining Upper Loch Erne. The book concentrates on townland names. Early spellings of the names discussed have been abstracted from historical sources, and these provide the evidence to reconstruct the original form of the name and trace its development down to modern times. Names are dealt with in their traditional civil parish units so that both the historical and local context may become clear.

It is the first of several volumes envisaged for Co. Fermanagh.
Author:
Patrick McKay
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN:
0 85389 869 3
Published:
2004
 

A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names

Second Edition

£10.50

Ulster’s rich and diverse cultural heritage is reflected in its placenames, which have their origins in many languages including Irish, Scots, English, Old French and Old Norse. Names evoke the history of townlands, villages, towns, cities, archaeological sites and geographical features and are of great significance to local people. The book remedies the long-standing need for a reliable and up-to-date dictionary of Ulster place-names, supplying the derivations and meanings of around 1300 names in nine Ulster counties, as well as providing interesting local background information, with more than 50 illustrations. Much of the material in the book derives from the database built up within the Northern Ireland Place-Name Project since its establishment in1987. This primary and highly authoritative reference resource is made available again in this Second Edition, which provides revised and fully up-dated entries in the light of on-going research.

According to reviewers of the First Edition: “It will satisfy scholarly needs and expectations and delight the general public.” (W.F.H. Nicolaisen) “It … should be on the bookshelf of every reader with an interest in Ireland, its history and nomenclature.” (Ian Fraser) “Dr McKay’s excellently-readable book contains much of interest to the general reader and to the serious student. It satisfies a long-standing need for a reliable, well-researched, easily-accessible description and analysis of our place-names …” (Charles Dillon)
Author:
Patrick McKay
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN:
0 85389 896 0
Published:
2006
 

Lough Neagh Places: Their Names and Origins

Paperback

£15.00

Lough Neagh covers an area of one hundred and forty nine square miles and is the largest lake in Britain and Ireland and the fifth largest in Europe. It is approximately nineteen miles long and ten miles wide. This book deals with the place-names of the area, and takes the form of a journey round the lough, beginning and ending at the historic town of Antrim at the north-eastern corner. In the course of this journey a wide range of place-names is encountered, ranging from names of rocks and islands, to names of townlands, towns, villages, rivers, parishes and native Irish territories, some of which have fallen out of use but all of which provide a fascinating insight into the character of the region and its history.

Comments on this book include: 'the best thing Pat McKay and Kay Muhr have done so far' (Stiof ó Direáin), and 'a book that will last 100 years' (Kieran Clendinning).
Author:
Patrick McKay and Kay Muhr
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN:
978 0 85389 909 9
Published:
2007
 

Lough Neagh Places: Their Names and Origins

Hardback

£30.00

Lough Neagh covers an area of one hundred and forty nine square miles and is the largest lake in Britain and Ireland and the fifth largest in Europe. It is approximately nineteen miles long and ten miles wide. This book deals with the place-names of the area, and takes the form of a journey round the lough, beginning and ending at the historic town of Antrim at the north-eastern corner. In the course of this journey a wide range of place-names is encountered, ranging from names of rocks and islands, to names of townlands, towns, villages, rivers, parishes and native Irish territories, some of which have fallen out of use but all of which provide a fascinating insight into the character of the region and its history.

Comments on this book include: 'the best thing Pat McKay and Kay Muhr have done so far' (Stiof ó Direáin), and 'a book that will last 100 years' (Kieran Clendinning).
Author:
Patrick McKay and Kay Muhr
Binding:
Hardback
ISBN:
978 0 85389 921 1
Published:
2007
 

Townlands of Dungannon Council

£7.50, subject to review

The book covers all the townlands within the Dungannon Council area. The entries are written in the style of A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names and the volume will be richly illustrated along the lines of Lough Neagh Places.
Author:
Kay Muhr
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN:
0 85389 872 3
Published:
In preparation; not yet published