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Placenames Conference, Ballyvaughan, 11-13 April 2003
Changing Names - The Dynamic World of Irish Placenames and Their Meanings

‘Changing Names’ was the title given to the first Placenames Conference held in County Clare. The Conference was held in the Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, between 11th and 13th of April 2003. The papers address the origins, durability and evolution of Clare placenames, and the importance of their collection and preservation.

The Conference was organised by Coiste Logainmneacha an Chláir/Clare Placenames Committee in conjunction with the Clare Historical and Archaeological Society. Other organisations who lent their support were:

  • The Heritage Council
  • Clare County Council
  • Conradh na Gaeilge
  • An Clár as Gaeilge
  • An Coimisiún Logainmneacha
  • The Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan

The proceedings of the conference, which are given here, were published by Coiste Logainmneacha an Chláir/Clare Placenames Committee as ‘Changing Names: the dynamic world of Irish placenames and their meanings’ in 2005.
ISBN: 0 9541870 2 4

Papers read at the conference:

Dr. Hugh Weir: ‘Placenames: A Witness to Evolution’,
Risteard UaCróinín: ‘The Importance of Placenames’,
Conor Ó Catháin: ‘An Ghaeilge, Comharthaíocht agus Logainmneacha’
Frank Prendergast: ‘Of Gaelic Placenames and Enduring Inheritance’
Dr. Padráig Ó Cearbhail: ‘Researching the Placenames of Co. Clare’

Detail of road from Kilfenora to Kilrush from Taylor and Skinner, ‘Maps of the Roads of Ireland’, 1783.
Detail of road from Kilfenora to
Kilrush from Taylor and Skinner,
‘Maps of the Roads
of Ireland’, 1783.
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