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.
- -- 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
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Shane is a native of Youghal, County Cork, with a wide-ranging interest in many aspects of Irish culture and heritage. His almost life-long interest in folklore was instilled in him from a young age listening to the stories of his grandfather. This passion was fully ignited when he took up photography as a hobby and was taken by the folklore of buildings and sites he visited.
This led him to pursue the subject academically, and he graduated, with honours, from University College Cork in 2018 with a BA (JOINT HONS) in Folklore and Celtic Civilisation. As part of this, he studied the Brehon laws under Dr Kevin Murray (UCC).
He set up Ireland’s Folklore and Traditions (on Facebook and Wordpress) in the hope of bringing Irish folklore, traditions and customs to a wider audience. More at - https://irishfolklore.wordpress.com/
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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"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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