Placenames Database of Ireland

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Database homepage in March 2009
Web address
Commercial? No
Type of site Database, Education, Language
Registration None
Available in Irish and English
Owner Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
• An Coimisiún Logainmneacha
• Fiontar
Created by Fiontar
An Coimisiún Logainmneacha
Launched October 2008
Current status Active

The Placenames Database of Ireland is a comprehensive management system for data, archival records, and placenames research conducted by the Irish State. It was created by FIONTAR at Dublin City University in collaboration with The Placenames Branch (Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht).

The public website is primarily aimed at journalists and translators, students and teachers, historians and researchers in genealogy. It is a public resource for Irish people and those who appreciate the heritage of Irish placenames.


Work commenced on Phase I of the project in April 2007 and the Placenames Database of Ireland was launched at the beginning of October 2008. During Phase II (2009–2010), the following resources were added to the site: sound files of placenames; mapping tools; educational resources for primary and third level students; a system to enable simultaneous Irish–English and English–Irish translation of lists of placenames; supplementary aids for the public including explanatory notes on certain features of the placenames; and scanned images of some historical source material (under 'Archival records').

Phase III (2011–2012) is currently in progress and the following outputs are planned:

  • Educational resources for second level students.
  • New and improved mapping features.
  • Export and import facilities.
  • The development of a tool to translate/explain common elements of placenames.
  • Sound files for 8 additional counties.


The Database website,, won the European Language Label in 2010 and was category winner at the 2011 Irish eGovernment Awards.

External links[edit]


"Placenames Database of Ireland". 2012-04-03 (date of source).