Wednesday, April 6, 2016

25th Annual Conference of Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland


The 25th Annual Conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland will be held at Maynooth University, Ireland, from Friday 15 April to Monday 18 April 2016. The Society exists to promote the study of names, both place-names and personal names. This year's conference is being organised by Prof. Ruairí Ó hUiginn of the Department of Modern Irish, Maynooth University and Dr Aengus Finnegan, School of Culture and Communication, University of Limerick. If you are interested in attending the conference, please contact Aengus Finnegan (

Conference fees:

Day delegate, member £20/

30 per day (Sat. & Sun.) Day delegate, non-member £25/

35 per day (Sat. & Sun.) Dinner (excluding wine) £20/

25 Sunday excursion £10/

15 Additional information regarding the conference can be found on the Society's website:

Please see the programme below.

DÉ hAOINE/ FRIDAY 15 April 2016
3.30pm          Clárú/Registration
6.00-8.00pm       Dinnéar/Dinner     (Pugin Hall)
Léacht an Bhreathnaigh/Paul Walsh Lecture (Renehan Hall)

8.00-9.00pm       Mícheál Ó Mainnín (QUB) 'Annexing Irish names to the English tongue: language contact and the anglicisation of Irish place-names'
Oscailt/Opening (Renehan Hall)

9.00-9.20am       Ruairí Ó hUiginn (Maynooth U.'The Irish language and onomastics'
 Session 1: Scottish & Irish Personal Names
9.20-9.50am    Alice Crook (U. of Glasgow'From Abram Meassone Mansone to Onesiphorus Tyndall Bruce Nivison: the usage of middle names in Early Modern Scotland'

09.50-10.20am    Sofia Evemalm Kalamakis (U. of Glasgow'Theorising the study of personal names as place-name elements in a Lewis context'

10.20-10.50am    Liam Ó hAisibéil (NUI Galway) 'Morose and mirthful: adjectival epithets in Irish personal names'

10.50-11.10am    Tae agus Caifé / Tea and Coffee
Session 2: Irish Personal Names & Surnames
11.10-11.40am    Conchubhar Ó Crualaoich (Placenames Br.'Personal names and surnames in Wicklow as found in the 16th century Fiants'

11.40-12.10pm Niall Comer (Ulster U.)  'Personal names and surnames in the barony of Coleraine'

12.10-12.40pm Brian Ó Raghallaigh, Mich al Boleslav Mechura & Katie Ní Loingsigh (DCU) 'Towards a database of Irish surnames'
12.40-2.00pm   Lón/Lunch    (Pugin Hall)
Session 3: Irish Place-Names
2.00-2.30pm    Pádraig Ó Cearbhaill  (Placenames Br.) 'Some fishery names on the River Shannon'

2.30-3.00pm   Conchúr Mag Eacháin   (DCU'Dú as a toponymical resource'

3.00-3.30pm   Dónall Mac Giolla Easpaig  (Placenames Br.'The element machaire
 in Irish place-names'

3.30-4.00pm    Tae agus Caifé  Tea and Coffee
Session 4: Aoiléacht/Guest Lecture
4.00-5.00pm Fiachra Mac Gabhann (Castlebar College of Further Ed.) 'A turf-bank of toponymy: Mayo place-names and the publication of Logainmneacha Mhaigh Eo'

5.00-6.00pm Walking tour of campus/Maynooth Castle

6.30-8.00pm Dinnéar na Comhdhála /Conference Dinner (Pugin Hall)
Session 5: Project Reports
8.00-8.15pm  Josefin Devine  (Umeå U. & Institute for language and folklore, Uppsala)   'Ubbe, Gök and Fjäder. Personal names within place-names in the county of Jämtland, Sweden'

8.15-8.30pm   Justin Ó Gliasáin & Mairéad Nic Lochlainn  (DCU) 'Project report on – the Placenames Database of Ireland and Meitheal

8.30-8.45pm   Carole Hough   (U. of Glasgow) 'Project report: Cognitive Toponymy: People and Places in Synergy'

8.45-9.00pm   Postgraduate Workshop Report  (Rebecca Gregory & Alice Crook)
DÉ DOMHNAIGH/ Sunday 17 April 2016
9.15-10.00am AGM (Renehan Hall)
Session 6: English Place-Names
10.00-10.30am  Eleanor Rye  (U. of Nottingham)  & Stuart Brookes  (UCL'New approaches to old roads: travel and communication in Anglo Saxon England'

10.30-11.00am   Rebecca Gregory  (U. of Nottingham'The specificity of generics: semantic development and differentiation in some East Midland field-name elements'

11.00-11.20am  Tae agus Caifé/Tea and Coffee
Session 7:  Place-Names & Streetnames
11.20-11.50am   Pat McKay  (QUB) 'Heaney Country: celebration of place- names in the poetry of Seamus Heaney'

11.50-12.20pm   Graham Collis  (U. of Nottingham)   'St. Patrick – born in the Pas-de-Calais?'
12.20-12.50pm   Liam Mac Mathúna (UCD'Irish-language street-names pre 1900: sources and functions'

12.50-1.40pm   Lón/Lunch
1.40-6.00pm   Turas go Baile Átha Troim  /Excursion to Trim

6.30-8.00pm   Dinnéar/Dinner   (Pugin Hall)
Session 8: Hydronyms
8.00-8.30pm  Keith Briggs  (Independent) 'The river-names of Suffolk'

8.30-9.00pm Paul Tempan   (Independent) 'Gaoth – a Brittonic element in Irish hydronyms?'
DÉ LUAIN/   Monday 18 April 2016
10.00-11.00am Committee meeting

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