We noticed that just recently many new signs have been erected
showing weary travellers the name of the local townland. We can hear
many of our readers cry: "Not before time either".
Townlands are an ancient method of giving a name to the smallest
division of land. The names have mainly Gaelic roots but many have been
Anglicized in charming and memorable ways. Readers not familiar with the
idea of townlands may want to study this article about the townland of Ballyhanna.
Forty years ago Royal Mail decided that the likes of 'BT49 07X' or
'BT49 12Z' had much more of a ring to it than boring old 'Ballyhanna' or
even 'Ballyriskmore' So they decided to discourage people from using
the old fashioned names and use post codes instead. Many people
went along with this idea, but they never forgot the old tradition.
Well, now the townland names are making a comeback and another bit of
local history has been preserved - hopefully for good. Well done