Over 170 people came to the Newpark Hotel to celebrate the launch of a new publication which records six years of work by volunteers gathering the old Field names of County Kilkenny, before they are lost forever.
MC for the night was livestock auctioneer, George Candler as he welcomed all the launch of the publication.
The Kilkenny Field Name Recording Project has been in existence since 2010. Beginning in that year with a field name survey of just one parish and one surveyor, the project has since supervised and archived the survey work of over 80 survey volunteers and has recorded over 7,000 field names in the process.
According to Cllr. Matt Doran – “The publication provides a lasting legacy which will be valued by both local communities and professionals. It is an inspiration and I’m sure that it will facilitate the expansion of the Kilkenny Field Name Recording Project to other communities in the future.”
Those who attended on the night took pleasure in listening to reflections from some of the project volunteers – Eilis Costello, Lisdowney, Ned Moran, Powerstown, Carmel Cummins, Inistioge, Mick Brennan, Ballyfoyle and Nora Brennan, Ballygub who spoke of their experiences of being involved in the project and also read extracts from the book.
Contributions were also made by Cllr Matt Doran, Cathaoirleach, Kilkenny County Council, Alan Counihan, Project Co-Ordinator, Dearbhala Ledwidge, Heritage Officer, Cllr. Malcolm Noonan, Chairman, Kilkenny Heritage Forum and Muiris O’Suilleabhain, Professor of Archaeology at UCD and member of the board of the Heritage Council.
According to Dearbhala Ledwidge, Heritage Officer – “The most important people are the volunteers who collected data, and wrote essays for the book, also the farmers and landowners who provided the field names and information. Without you we couldn’t have undertaken this project. You are a dedicated core of volunteers – you’ve walked the fields, collected and mapped the fieldnames and recorded their meaning. Thank you, your efforts are much appreciated.”
To learn more about this project or to volunteer to record field names in your area visit www.kilkennyheritage.ie or contact the heritage office of Kilkenny County Council on 056 7794925 by email firstname.lastname@example.org .