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Place Names of County Louth - Database
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The enclosed information will be added to continuously as local place names are extracted from various sources. If you have any other local names and know the townland where situated please let me know.

What's in a Name?.
The names of places have evolved in various ways, some from the nature of the terrain, a local antiquity or event, the name of a person from the area or a well known personality etc..  A Drogheda Independent newspaper report, dated 5 September 1931, on Drogheda Corporation meeting, relates to change of name of Blackbutt Lane to Mount St. Oliver. Click HERE.

For definitions and origins of various place names in County Louth see:

  • Stubbs, Major Gen F.W., Place Names in the County of Louth, County Louth Archaeological Journal, Vol. 2 (no.1, 2, 3 & 4), Dundalk, 1908 (these articles were also published in book form).

  • Garry, James, The Streets and Lanes of Drogheda, Drogheda, 1996 (second edition).

  • Mac Aodha, Breandan, Mionainmneacha Chontae Lú, County Louth Archaeological Journal, Vol. 20 (no.2), Dundalk, 1983

On Blackbutt Lane, James Garry (op cit, p.72-3) states, ' "Butts" was the area outside the town walls where archery was practised. Once an area of mud-walled cabins, occupied by hand-loom weavers working in their own homes, the cabins were replaced by 26 single-storey, red-brick houses, which were built by the Corporation in 1930. It was renamed Mount St Oliver in anticipation of the canonisation of St. Oliver Plunkett, which took place in 1975.'

Change of Name.
In short recent legal provision for the change of the name of the following places can be found in The Local Government Act, 2001. In addition under The Official Languages Act 2003 (no. 32 of 2003) the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs can make an order declaring the Irish language version of a placename.  The current Order  under this 2003 Act relating to a number of places in County Louth is the  Placenames (Co. Louth) Order 2003.

Under the Local Government Act, 2001 provisions differ as to the type of place (click on place heading to find further information):

Displaying of Name.
S.197 of the Local Government Act, 2001 provides: 'A local authority may cause the name of a street, place or area to be displayed on a conspicuous part of any convenient building, or other structure or land'.



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(Original uploaded 26 June 2004) Last update 29 August 2011.