Place Name research: County Galway and elsewhere
As a particular tribute to our friend and esteemed donor, the late Tim Robinson, who passed away on 3 April 2020 in London, this month’s Special Collections blog focuses on resources for research on place names in Ireland. Tim’s extraordinary multi-disciplinary approach to this aspect of his research is typified in a series of Index Cards, created for his maps of Connemara and the Aran Islands. More background to this collection is provided by our Digital Archivist, Aisling Keane, on our Digital Scholarship page where you can also see Tim Robinson’s Townland Index Connemara & the Aran Islands
This image shows the detail to which Tim aspired in his quest for the correct meaning and spelling of the place name. It also illustrates the types of sources he used. Happily for us in this period when our library is closed a significant number of these are available in digital format. These include the classic three volume work on Irish place names by Patrick Weston Joyce, The origins and history of Irish names of places, which is available from the Readiing Room of the AskaboutIreland website.