The names of fields and other local features are a valuable part of our local heritage and many of them have not been formally recorded; often the names survive only in oral tradition. Field names are being lost as land changes ownership and as members of the older generations pass on. Field names can tell us much about our local area how people appreciated the physical landscape, its hills and hollows, streams, and bogs; but also its history and traditions, from holy wells, to fairy forts, old settlements, and estates.

A pilot project is being under taken in 2018 to record field names in two parishes in Westmeath. This project is being funded by The Heritage Council and Westmeath County Council.

Much of the recording will be done by local volunteers who will collect the names of fields and other features in their area. Where possible, sound recordings of the names will also be made, and photographs will be taken of interesting features in the fields.

Aengus Finnegan is coordinating the project, and, together with Justin Ó Gliasáin he will collect and manage all the names recorded.

This pilot project will run until late November and as an outcome of the project a booklet will be produced with details of the field names that have been recorded.

Only the field names themselves will be detailed in any print or web based material generated as a result of this project. Land owner details are being sought, where available, in order to verify the data collected. Personal details will not be used for any other purpose, they will not be distributed nor contained in any information printed or made publicly available as a result of this project.

For more information contact Aengus Finnegan: fieldnames@aengusfinnegan.ie

Or Heritage Officer Melanie McQuade: heritage@westmeathcoco.ie

If you want to download the field names recording sheet please click on the form below.

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