The Irish language and field names in Co. Louth

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Anne O’Hanlon, Omeath, Co. Louth. Folklore Photographs Collection, UCD.

Over 20% of the field names collected during the Louth Field Names Project were in the Irish language. This was much higher in Omeath, where the last native speaker, Anne O’Hanlon, died in 1960.

You can listen to a recording of Anne speaking Irish here.

To listen to more recording of Irish speakers from Co. Louth made in the 1930s click here to go to the Doegen Records Web Project.

To learn more about Omeath Gaelic and its demise you can read Cathal Murphy’s thesis Mapping language death in Omeath, Co. Louth.

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Distribution of Irish and English language field names in Co. Louth collected by the LFNP.

 

 

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