Irish Place Names & Place Name Lore

An Introduction to Exploring Logainm (Placenames) and Dindseanchas (Place Name Lore) in Ireland, with an Irish Folklorist

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Online Class introducing students to Irish Place Names & Place Name Lore - with an Irish Folklorist.

Place Names (logainm) and Place Name Lore (dindseanchas) have long been a subject of fascination to the Irish mind, and our earliest manuscripts are littered with examples of these tales describing why an area or feature of the landscape has gotten its name. This course will explore the encoded historical, mythical and folkloric knowledge found in the native language names of places and features of the landscape.

This course covers:
  • -- The history behind the anglicisation of Irish language place names.
  • -- The bi-lingual (Irish and English) names of towns, elements of the landscape etc.
  • -- Context to be found in the vernacular (Irish) language versions, that are lost in the anglicised versions, allowing us to come to a fuller understanding of the past.
  • -- Some of the legends and folklore attached to certain place names.
  • -- The most commonly occurring elements found in Irish language place names.

The aim of this online class is to allow you to become familiar and comfortable with Irish language place names, on maps, road signs or in the tales, and gain more context and connection through the meaning behind them.

Your Course access enrollment includes:

  • -- Class Presentation Slides
  • -- Class Video
  • -- Class Audio
  • -- Class Chat Log/Resources

When you enroll in this Course, you are receiving lifetime access (with a full 30 day money back guarantee).

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Your Instructor

Shane Broderick
Shane Broderick
Shane is a folklorist based in Cork City. He graduated, with honours, from University College Cork in 2018 with a BA (HONS) in Irish Folklore and Celtic Civilisation. His studies, under world renowned scholars, have given him great insight into Irish culture from the earliest written histories to modern folk practice. He has carried out folklore fieldwork investigating the local fishing folklore of his hometown of Youghal. He is also an accredited national tour guide. His blog “Ireland’s Folklore and Traditions” and Facebook page of the same name cover a vast array of folklore and Irish material of historical and cultural interest. More at -

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Review for Shane's 'Introduction to the Brehon Laws' Class at the Irish Pagan School:

"What an eye opener and a wealth of knowledge Shane has brought to this class. So much has definitely been misinterpreted, and incorrectly taught over the years that it's a good thing I've always looked with a sceptics eye. Thank you Lora for recommending this in the Rosc Poetry course. This is another class I would definitely enjoy further teachings on." - Dawn Otstot

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How long will my enrollment last for?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this version of the recordings for as long as you remain a member of the Irish Pagan School - across any and all devices you own. So, you can take your time, or get it all done quickly, and revisit it all whenever you want to - it's completely up to you.
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Do I need to have Irish ancestry to study here?
No, absolutely not. We provide authentic connection to Ireland, with native Irish teachers, for anyone who wishes to learn from us and is willing to put in the time and effort to do this properly... rather than grab a culturally appropriated quick fix.

"I found this class informative, engaging and well presented. Shane is very knowledgeable as well as easy to follow. I plan on taking the next class he teaches as well." - Gwendolyn Rowan

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