Dear KDHS members and friends,
On this Tuesday 27 April 2021 at 8pm, we will be continuing our online lecture series. The topic will be Naming and Forgetting: A Lecture on Fieldnames and Minor Placenames in County Clare.
In this lecture, Jake Justice and Micheál Mac Gearailt, two stars of a new generation of local historians, will discuss the findings of their recent work collecting and mapping placenames in Clare. A number of topics will be touched upon, from the problems presented in the anglicisation and translation of Irish names, to their role in archaeology. This lecture is intended as an outreach to the people of West Clare. Jake and Micheál will show how members of the public can get involved and use technology to preserve these names, building on the legacy of community collections, the National Folklore Collection, and the work of Breandán Ó Cíobháin.
The lecture is part of a nationwide effort to collect fieldnames and minor placenames, headed by the Placenames Branch of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and by Fiontar and Scoil na Gaeilge at Dublin City University.
The work done to date can be seen at
where you will also find an e-mail link which you can use to submit any other fieldnames or minor placenames which have not yet been recorded.
Jake Justice is a first year student of Heritage in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology with previous experience in commercial archaeology. Jake has been a member of the Shannon Archaeological and Historical society since 2015 and currently serves on the Committee as PRO.
Micheál Mac Gearailt is a native of Sixmilebridge and a prospective student of Archaeology and Celtic Languages at the University of Edinburgh. He works in folklore collection and commercial archaeology.
Just follow the Zoom link below at the time of the lecture (8pm Irish Summer Time, Tuesday 27 April 2021) in order to participate.
Meeting ID: 830 4652 5302
Please remember to remain muted during the presentation, particularly if you intend to take telephone calls or watch television or listen to the radio or use bad language to your barking dog at the same time (some people really do these things!). You may also want to turn your video off in order to prevent pressure on bandwidth at either end.
The continuing pandemic has made forward planning difficult, but our secretary has put together this provisional list of events for the coming months:
25 May – Críostóir Mac Carthaigh – Kilstifeen and phantom island traditions of the west coast
*15 June – Ed O'Shaugnessy – Photographing the Vandeleur Evictions [PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE]
July – Outdoor event (COVID-19 restrictions permitting)
August – Heritage Week (COVID-19 restrictions permitting)
28 September – Damian Shiels - Recovering West Clare Voices from the American Civil War
Many thanks to all those who have renewed their annual subscriptions or joined the society for the first time.
We are not charging those who view our Zoom events, but new members and donations are always welcome! The annual membership fee (July-June) is EUR20. For new members joining now, their first year's membership will run to June 2022.
There are links to the membership renewal form, to the ongoing fundraiser for the Kilrush WW1 memorial, and to our PayPal account from our website home page at