Monday, 28 November, 8pm

“A lot done, more to do”

This talk will offer an overview of research on the placenames of counties Meath and Westmeath over the past 100 years – from Fr Paul Walsh’s pioneering work The Placenames of Westmeath (1915) to more recent developments. These include: the ongoing work of The Placenames Branch on the townland names of Co. Meath (available on; two PhD theses on townland names in Co. Meath, and one on Co. Westmeath – all completed in the last five years; and the innovative and community-driven Meath Field Names Project.

 Aengus Finnegan

Aengus Finnegan completed a PhD on townland names in Co. Westmeath at the Department of Modern Irish, NUI Galway, in 2012. From 2013 to 2015 he was employed in Fiontar, the Irish-language unit of Dublin City University. While there, he worked as a Research Editor on a number of Irish-language digitisation projects, including over a year as Project Coordinator of, The Placenames Database of Ireland. Since 2015 he has been teaching at the University of Limerick, and was recently appointed Lecturer in Irish at the School of Culture and Communication, University of Limerick. His interests include: Irish placenames, surnames, and personal names; folklore; and the historical dialectology and sociolinguistic heritage of the Irish language in central Ireland.