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barryd
2010-11-03 12:39:55
Placenames
Yes, I'd agree with Simon when he says that there should be some debate about placenames although I'm not sure I agree entirely with a concept of some sort of standardised spellings. Vive la différence I'd say, although I perceive that the digital age likes standardisation. There are several dilemnas when dealing with placenames - there are names that are in common modern useage and names that have been forgotten, that have become obsolete. But there are many shades of grey in between - who decides? There are names that are widely known and those known only to a few. Doubtless, there are new names being invented by groups of recreationalists all the time and as time progresses, these will gain currency. But the principal reason why certain names have become widely known is that they have been recorded on materials that are generally accessible to the public. Many of the names that I have published on our recent mapping were inaccessible to most, they were buried in various old books & maps or in the heads of local hill farmers. That's why I have chosen to air them - and bring them to wider attention.
There's a reference to inconsistency in relation to Coanty for Carrig (nr Wicklow Gap) - I'm not quite sure how as this area was not covered on our first map. Leaving that aside, Liam Price ascertained perhaps 80 years ago that this hill area is called Coanty or Coantiagh (pronounced Coonty) and also written as Quintagh. I talked to inhabitants of King's River valley there last year and that's still Coonty according to them. So where does that leave us? Should we stick our heads in the sand and just forget that this is the name used by many generations, just so we can keep to the familiar label?
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