List of place names for County Louth

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This is a list of the historical names for 'Louth', the village and county in Ireland.[1] The Placenames Branch, Dept. of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht[2] undertakes research into the placenames of Ireland to provide authoritative Irish language versions of those placenames for official and public use. Below are from surviving records are a result of their research.

Native sources[edit]

Native sources (Irish and Latin) from 6th - 19th century.

Year Reference Source Page
534 S. Mochta, espucc Lughmhaigh (Níl sé seo comhaimseartha) ARÉ[3] I, 176
662 Scandlan abbas Lugbaid ATig.[4] xvii, 197
662 Scannlan, abb Lughmaidh, quieuit AU[5] 134
693 Gaimide Lugmhaidh décc. ARÉ 296
693 Gaimide Lugmhaidh décc ARÉ I, 296
695 Gaimide Lugmaidh dormiuit AU 156
737 Cuidgheal, ab 7 scribhnidh Lughmhaidh ARÉ I, 338
742 Mors Cuidgile, scribae 7 abbatis Lughmaidh AU 196
750c. Nirbo boctai do Mochta Lugbaid liss FOeng. cxxxii, 19 Aug.
753 Muireadhach, mac Corbmaic Slaine, abb Lughmhaidh ARÉ I, 356
754 Coissetach, abb Lughmhaidh ARÉ I, 356
758 Gorman comurba Mochta Lugbaidh ATig. xvii, 258
758 [Muredach mac Cormaic] Slane, ab Lughmuidh ATig. xvii, 258
758 Muiredach m. Cormaic abbas Lughmaidh AU 210
759 Mors Coisetig ab Lugbaidh ATig. xvii, 259
770 Dondghal, mac Nuadhad, abb Lughmhaidh ARÉ I, 372
775 Donngal m. Nuadhat abbas Lugmaidh AU 228
775 Fianchu abbas Lugmaidh AU 228
784 Feadhach, mac Corbmaic, abb Lughmhaidh, Slaine 7 Doimliag ARÉ I, 390
789 Fedhach m. Cormaic abbas Lughmaidh AU 244
797 Cosccrach Ua Fraoich, abb Lughmhaidh ARÉ I, 404
800c vita sancti Moctei Lubgunensis (Lat.) VSH (Heist)[6] 394
800c ad Lubgudunense monasterium (Lat.) VSH (Heist) 200
800c ad locum qui dicitur Lugmod VSH (Heist) 250
800c ad locum nomine Lugmud VSH (Heist) 396
800c ad locum qui dicitur Lugmath VSH (Heist) 200
800c in civitate Lugmith (gen.) VSH (Heist) 200
802 Coscrach nepos Froich abbas Lughmaidh AU 256
810 Maolcanaigh, angcoire Lughmhaidh ARÉ I, 422
815 Mael Canaigh ancorita Lugmaidh AU 270
818 Cuanu abbas Lugmaidh co scrin Mochtai do dul a tire Muman for longais AU 274
818 Scrín Mochta Lugmaid for teched re nAed mc. Neill co mbui i lLis Mor AIF 124
820 Eocha Ua Tuathail, angcoire epscop, 7 abb Lughmhaidh ARÉ I, 430
822 Euchu nepos Tuathail, ancorita & episcopus Lugmaid dormiuit _ 278
823 Cuana Lughmhaidh, eagnaidh 7 epscop ARÉ I, 434
825 Cuanu Lugmaidh, sapiens 7 episcopus dormiuit AU 280
830 Orgain Lughmhaidh, 7 Mucshnamha 7 Ua Meith ARÉ I, 444
830c Mochta Lugmaid M.Tall. 26 s. 24 Mar.
830c Mochta Lugmaid M.Tall. 62 s.19 Aug.
832 Orggain Mucshnama 7 Lughmaidh 7 Oa Meith 7 Droma moccu Blae 7 ala n-aile ceall AU 288
834 Aodhagan mac Torbaigh abb Lucchmhaidh ARÉ I, 448
839 Orgain Lughmhaidh la Galloibh Locha hEathach ARÉ I, 460
840 Orggain Lughmaidh di Loch Echdach o genntibh AU 298
862 Muiredhach mac Néill ab Lughmhaidh 7 ceall naile ARÉ I, 498
864 Muridach m. Neill abbas Lughmaidh AU 864
871 Maoltuili Cluana huinnseann abb Lughmhaidh ARÉ I, 516
898 Caenchomhrac Insi Endoimh, epscop 7 abb Lughmaidh ARÉ I, 556
903 Caincomruc episcopus 7 princeps Lugmhaid AU 352
908 Mael Martain princeps Lughmaidh AU 356
908c Is ed dochóid Patraic íarsin do Ardd Patraic fri Lugmag anoir B.Phát. 135, l. 2680
908c Ticed Mochtae aníar ó Lugmag B.Phát. 146, l.2931
908c do Lugmag B.Phát. 146, l.2931
928 Flann Fobhair, abb Lughmhaidh ARÉ II, 622
936 Maolpatraicc .i. mac Broin, epscop Lughmhaidh ARÉ II, 634
948 Finnachta mac Echtighern, epscop, scribhnidh, & abb Lughmhaidh ARÉ II, 660
968 Orgain Lughmaidh 7 Droma Inescclainn la Muirehertach mac Domhnaill ARÉ II, 692
986 Gaoth mhór anacnata go ro thrascair iol chumhtaighthe 7 teaghdaisi iomdha im dertigh Lughmaidh ARÉ II, 720
987 im durtheach Lughmaidhe (v.l. lugh muighe) ATig. xvii, 345
1011 Martán abb Lucchmhaidh ARÉ II, 764
1043 Creach lá hAnnudh Ua Ruairc dar Lughmhadh dat Druim Inesclainn 7 dar Conaille uile ARÉ II, 842
1043 Crechsluaigheadh le hAndadh Hua Ruairc tar Lughmadh (v.l. lughmagh) & Druim n-Indasclaind ATig. xvii, 382
1044 Maelmochta, espug Lughmhaidh ARÉ II, 844
1044 Mael Mochta espoc Lugmaidh (v.l. lugmuigh) ATig. xvii, 383
1045 Maenach H. Cirduban airchinnech Lughmaidh AU 482
1045 Maonach Ua Ciordubháin, comharba Mochta Lughmhaidh ARÉ II, 848
1047 Gillamolaissi ferléighind Lughmaidh ARÉ II, 850
1050c Dointaí íarom Óengus mac Oénláma Caíme, óclach dána di Ultaib, in slóg n-ule oc Modaib Loga – is inund ón dano & Lugmod “Then Óengus mac Oénláma Caíme, a bold warrior of the Ulstermen, turned back the whole army at Moda Loga (which is the same name as Lugmod)” _ 2489-91
1065 Domnall airchinnech Lughbaidh AU 502
1065 Domhnall airchinneach Lucchmhaidh ARÉ II, 886
1075 Lughmhadh do losccadh co na teampull ARÉ II, 906
1081 Flann H. Lorcan uasalshacart Lughbaidh AU 516
1081 Flann Ua Lorcáin, uasal shacart Lughmhaidh ARÉ II, 916
1081 Ua Robhartaigh, airchinneach Lughmaidh ARÉ II, 916
1083 Gilla Moninne airchinnech Lugbaidh occisus est AU 516
1083 Giollamoninne, airchinnech Lughmhaidh ARÉ II, 918
1100c Mochta .i. escop Lugbaid FOeng. cxxxii, 19 Aug.
1100c Mochta credal craibdech .i. Llugmad FOeng. lxv, 24 Mar n.
1102 Muiredhach H. Cirduban airchinnech Lughbaidh do mharbadh do feraibh Midhe beus AU 540
1102 Muireadhach Ua Cíordhubhain, airchinneach Lughmhaidh. ARÉ II, 970
1111 Lughmhadh do losccadh ARÉ II, 990
1111 Lugmadh do loscadh AU 550
1111 Cenannus & Lughmadh (MS. lughmagh) do loscadh ATig. xviii, 30
1123 Flann Ua Duibhinsi, airchindeach Lughmhaidh ARÉ II, 1016
1123 Flann H. Duibhinnsi airchinnech Lughmaigh AU 568
1128 Fir Brebni dacutar for crec Conelle Murtimne cur argset Lugbuth AIF 1128
1128 Móir chreach la Connachtaibh i fFearnmhaigh, 7 ro oirccsead an tír 7 Lughmhadh ARÉ II, 1030
1133 Ros Cré 7 Lúghmhagh do losccadh ARÉ II, 1042
1147 Fiachra Mac Muireadhaigh, airchindeach Lughmhaidh frí ré ARÉ II, 1080
1148 Cluain Earaird, Land Leire 7 Lughmhadh do losccadh ARÉ II, 1084
1148 i Lughmhadh ARÉ II, 1082
1149 Ríghthearas lá mac Néill Uí Loghlainn co marcshluagh Chenél Eocchain co Lughmhadh ARÉ II, 1090
1150c imsóe reme na sluagu a Modaib Loga risi ráiter Lugmud in tan sa “he drove the hosts before him from Moda Loga, which is now called Lugmud _ 2441
1160 Lúghmhadh 7 Ceanncoradh do loscadh ARÉ II, 1136
1164 Losccadh Lughmhaidh ARÉ II, 1152
1164 Maelchaoimhghin Ua Gormáin, maighistir Lughmaidh ard shaoi Ereann 7 abb canánach Tearmainn Fechine fri ré ARÉ II, 1152
1166 Cenannus & Lughmagh (v.l. Lugbud) crematae sunt AU 152
1166 Lughbhadh, Suird Cholaim Chille 7 Ard Bó do losccadh ARÉ II, 1158
1176 Lughmadh do fhasughadh do na Saxaibh AU 182
1176 Lughmhagh do fhasughadh do Saxaibh ARÉ III, 22
1178 Creach fill la Milis Gogan 7 la Gallaibh Atha Cliath 7 na Midir for Lugmadh 7 for Machaire Conaill MIA 66
1181 Maolmuire ua Dunain abb Cnuic na Seangan hi Lughmagh do écc ARÉ III, 56
1196 Ludhmagh d’argain 7 do loscadh MIA 76
1242 Caibitil mhór lé Prímhaidh Arda Macha 7 la abbadhaibh cananach Ereann i Lughmhadh dia ro togbhadh moran do thaisibh do thionoil Mochta ón Róimh ARÉ III, 304
1242 i lLugmad AConn. 76
1315 hic lucimag (= ic Lugmag)(acc). AConn. 232
1315 scilicet Ath Fir Diad 7 Lugud AIF 418
1328 Sir Seon Mac Feorais Iarla Lugmaigh AConn. 264
1328 Sir Seon Mac Feorais Iarla Lugmaigh, aon bharún ba beodha, bhrioghmaire, /agus ba ferr oinech do Ghallaibh Ereann, do marbhadh i ffell da muintir /fein .i. do Gallaibh Oirgiall, agus sochaidhe imaille ris do Ghallaibh /agus do Gaoidhelaibh. ARÉ 3, 538
1371 Marbadh Briain moir Meg Mathghamhna iar fír & a adnacul a Maínistir Lughbhaid AU 556
1396 Gallprioir do bheith i Lubha (n.2 ‘sic’) MIA 156
1422 cur millsed Lugmad ex parte magna AConn. 464
1423 Ocus do cuadar go Lughmadh AU 3, 94
1423 Aseadh lotar cetus co Traigh Bhaile co machaire Oirghiall go Lughmagh, agus assidhe gus an Midhe. ARÉ 858
1450c Is ann sin ro ionnsaig oclach dána d’Ultaib na sluaigh darbo comainm Oengus mac Aonlaime Gabaidh & do-cuaid resna sluagaib as Muighibh Loga frisa n-abartar Lughmagh in tan so _ 2434-6
1522 Maighister Feidhlimidh O Corcrain .....a adhlucudh a Lughbaidh AU 3, 548
1532 Sen-Mochta Lugmaid BCC 24
1578 Tomas mac Pattraic mic Oiliuéir Ploingcéd tighearna Luchcmaigh do mharbhadh lá Mag Mathghamhna ARÉ IV, 1708
1630 i ccondae Luth Strabaile FNÉ xlvi
1630 Maolmuire Ua Gormáin, abb Lughmaigh FNÉ 186 Jul. 3
1630 Maccridhe, .i. mac craidhe Mochta Lughmaigh FNÉ 216, Aug. 11
1630 Mochta, epscop Lughmaigh FNÉ 222, Aug. 19
1647 in loco ...qui Ludha dicitur Triad. Thaum. 94
1647 Qui Ludha dicitur. Est oppidum Australis Ultoniae,hodie vulgo Luth priscis Ludh magh sive Lubhmagh dictum, celebri sancti Mochtei monasterio nobile; “This town is in the southern part of Ulster, now commonly called Luth, and was called by the ancients Ludh magh or Lubh magh, noble for the celebrated Monastery of S. Mocteus” Triad. Thaum. (aistr. OSL Louth) 114 n.135
1692 /Do mhac Éamoinn is lámh leasa /lúb i séadaibh nach cuir cás /inghean an fhéil fhinn ó Lúghmhadh / fá chéibh chlaoin is úrghlan d'ás. Ó Bruadair iii, 190
1695 Dhíol Seon Mhac Cearnaigh car de ghabáiste nua, /Is thug Siobhán Nic Ardail cárta do dhuine le clú; /Is minic a charn Brian Bearnach cailín i gclúid; /Is iomaí fear Gallda ón tsráid sin Londain go . Séamas Dall Mac Cuarta, Dánta 72, 17
1700 Atá lile gan smúid ar m'airese i /is ní cheilfidh mé a clú go dearfa, /an ghlaine is an snua bhí ag Helen ar dtús /gurab aici go nua tá ar tearma; /gan bhriseadh, gan bhrú, gan mhealladh le cluain /ach soineanta súgach leanbaí, /agus tuilte de dhúchas fhola rí Mumhan /in Ailí ghil chiúin Ní Chearbhaill. Nua-Dhuanaire II 15, 1
1700c Is iomdha búr i gContae /nach seasann clú dá chéile, /acht dhruidfeadh a súil' go daingean dlúth /nuair a chífeadh siad chucu mo leithéide; /ní mar súd a cleachtadh domhsa /nuair bhí mé i ndúiche Chréamhainn, /acht ól gan diúltadh is biotáilte chumhra /agus seinm chiúin ar théadaibh. Nua-Dhuanaire II 18, 17
1700c Tá foscadh ag an Chrúb is cha minic linn siúl, /is ní itear ann plúr gan anlann; /ní sheasann tusa clú do na bodaigh sin ó /is gurb é dúnadh a gcuid doirse ab fhearr leo: /nach cuimhin leat sa dún seo plumaí agus úlla /agus talta breátha úra na háite? /Seasann siad a ndúiche go fearúil le clú /is ní thugann siad cúl dá naimhde. Pádraig Mac A Liondain, Dánta 34, 14
1730 Ludh no Oirghialladh RIA MS 23E26 (Tipper) 338
1730 Lugh RIA MS 23E26 (Tipper) 342
1730 Lugh no Louth RIA MS 23E26 (Tipper) 339
1733 Marbhnaoi Shéamuis Mhic Cuarta do cumadh leis féin ar uair /a bháis i gConndae Lúgha'." Rainn agus Amhráin, É. Ó Tuathail 206 18
1733 Is fada mé 'mo luighe i Lughmhadh, (ls. Lúghadh) /'mo sgraiste brúighte - mo mhíle crádh! /Dúisighidh is cruinnigidh na seabhaic lúthmhar', /'s iomchraigidh an t-úr-mhac i gcaol na /gcnámh. Rainn agus Amhráin, É. Ó Tuathail 206 19
1750c Bhí mo leabhrán agam uaibh seal ar chuairt in m’aice i Lúgh; níor bhain fearthainn do nó fuacht is cha dteachaidh luach na h-ola ar gcúl. Rainn & Amhr. ix, 1
1750c Aithris dod mháighistir go glic a leabhráin bhric, go raibh tú i Lúgh go dtugais damhsa sgéal o Ádhamh cia an lá do bhlas an t-ubhall Rainn & Amhr. xxxii, 8.12
1750c Dá nguidfinn capull a gcuigeadh Mumhan /’s a gconntae Lughaidh a gheabhainn a díol RIA 3B 38 138
1769 Tá an Chros faoi ghruaim 's gan cúirt Uí Néill ann, Nó taithí na huaisle gach uair chun féasta: Dís ó is triúr ón Éirne, An iomad ón Mhí is ó íochtar Éireann, Ag imirt 's ag ól as cornaibh gléigeal, Is mar Ollamh Fódhla bhíodh an t-óg dá réiteach. Art Mac Cumhaigh Dánta 125, l.205
1771 Sé Tiarna nach raibh cloíte 's fuair clú na seacht dtíortha, 'S is úr-shlat den chaomh-choill sin Séamas ó fhréimh, De dhúchas na ndaoine a mbíodh dúicheacha 's tíortha Ag umhlú faoi chíos dóibh gan díomua go léir. 'S iad na Pluincéadaigh scaoilfeadh gach céim-dhochar dínne, Go fonnmhar ag éirí 's ag dreasú na n-éacht, Ach siúd planda den fhíor-fhuil tá ceansa gan aon locht, Mar Choinchulainn líofa ag bíogadh na stéad. Art Mac Cumhaigh Dánta 127, l.17
1772 Is sochar dhúinn cuairt an chuaine dhil sa /De shíol tréan-ríthe Éireann, /Ó Iarlaibh 's na dtriúcha timpeall, /Siar go Cruachan Mhéabha: /Clann Diarmada ó thuaidh, 's a ngruadha ar lasadh /Gach uair mar an gha gréine, /Is Brannaigh na gcuach thug buaidh le fortún, /Ar chuartú thart na réagún. Art Mac Cumhaigh, Dánta 135, 11
1780c Bhí mé lá aereach ag dul bothar a' bhuaidheartha, Is ga h-é chas damh acht spéir-bhean as Conndae /Lughmhaigh; /d'fhiafraigh mé duithe, fríd chomhrádh pléide, /An bpósfadh sí gréasaidhe as Conndae an Dúin. Céad Cheol. Uladh 99
1800 /Beir mo chéad beann mar fhéirín go dúbalta siar uaim /Mar chónaíos an fialmhac is taitneamhach cliú; /An fíor-fhiosaigh céillí de mhianshliocht an Ghaeil Ghlais, /Fuair ansacht ón éigse agus ó gach saoi glic faoi ; Mac Giolla Choille 71
1836 Lugh na cléire mar leightear a m-Bíobla OS Namebook, Louth 3, 1.
1836 Lugh na cléire mar leightear a m-Bíobla OS Namebook, Louth 3, 1.
1836 Louth village is called by the people in Irish Lugh and parish, paraiste Lúghmhaíghe (Loo-ee) OSL Louth 114, 213
1836 “In the townland of Priorstate (sic leg.) (Dúithche na mBráthar) are the ruins of a religious establishment which the people call Louth Monastery (Mainistir Lúghmhaighe)” OSL Louth 114, 214
1836 “The people do not remember any other name for the county but the county of Louth and in Irish Conda Lugh. This is the exact pronunciation and Sarsfield never heard any other name for it” [Nóta: Patrick Sarsfield, a respectable farmer and a very intelligent man living about half a mile distant from the old Monastery OSL 1]. OSL Louth 9, 14
1840 Tháinig glúineadóir as Contae ann, /Is tháinig Jury ann as Ardmhach, /Tháinig trúpa as Contae Dhúin ann, /Agus seisear búisteoir as Cairlinn, /Tháinig cúigear ó Chaiseal Mumhan ann /Is as Doire Núis tháinig a lán ann; /Ba é críoch na cúise gur mhionnaigh triúr dhíobh /Gurb é an gúta thug bás dó. Art Mac Bionnáid, Dánta 40, 17
1848 Sa gCondae a sheastar cliú /Le sceallán cumhra scéamhach, /Is scinn anuas le meas is bua /Go ceart ón uaisle Ghaelach, //An staraí suairc, croí gan chruas - /Go mba fada buan a bheidh sé /I ngean gan fuath ag an tslua, /Ag míniú duar Gaeilge. / Aodh Mac Domhnaill, Dánta 74, 30
1857 barun Lugaidh, Plunket; Mac Bionáid, Stair 191
1857 / /Condae Lugaidh. / /Ann san mbliaghan 1641, ansa mhidh Fhabhra, do slaod-/mharbhadh tuairim tri-cheud de dhaoine bochta eadra fear, bean /agus paiste a gcoilligh Dhoirearach le partaigh do gharastun /Thraigh-Bhaile Dhuin-Dealgna agus Dhroicheat-Ath. Mac Bionáid, Stair 300, 9

Official sources[edit]

12th – 16th century[edit]

Official administrative sources (Church and state) 12th – 16th century.[7]

Year Reference Source Page
1139 Liueth Chart. Mary’s II, 258
1169 Edanus Lugwdensis episcopus Reg. Prioratus Omnium Sanctorum[8] 50 (CLAJ 4,135)
1171-2 Edano Lug: episcopo Reg. Prioratus Omnium Sanctorum 20 (CLAJ 4,135)
1178 episcopus de Lugbud CCCD 364(CLAJ 4,135)
1178 Edanus Lughbdunensis episcopus Gesta Henrici II (CLAJ 4,135)
1188 Cristinus dei gratia Lugdunensis episcopus Charter Christin 178 (CLAJ 4)
1188 prior sancte marie de lugdon. Charter Christin 178 (CLAJ 4)
1195 Loueth, sheriff of Gorm. Reg. 144
1197 Donatus .....Lugdonenesis ecclesie dictus prior Charter Donatus 179 (CLAJ 4)
1202-3 Luvethe CDI I, 28
1203 Luveth’(King’s castle of L.) CDI I, 31
1204 Luvenensis CDI I, 34
1210c apud pratum iuxta Luvet CLAJ 4, 12
1221 Louedhe CDI I, 155
1228 Louth CDI I, 245
1241 Luvedth’(manor of) CDI I, 378
1252 ecclesia Ludunensis Pont. Hib. II,176
1252 ecclesia Clochorensis vel Ludonensis Pont. Hib. II,176
1252 cuius ecclesiae Ludonensis B. Mocteus patronatus est primus Pont. Hib. II,176
1260 Loued, house of St. Mary of Gorm. Reg. 155
1260 Louethd, house of St. Mary, Gorm. Reg. 155
1295 Nicholai Prioris Domus Sanctae Mariae de Lowith Charter (CLAJ 4) 181
1308 County Loueth Rot. Pat. Claus 7
1309 vic’Loueth Rot. Pat. Claus 8
1316 Dundalc in co’Luvd Rot. Pat. Claus 1
1318 Louth Plea R. Ed. II, 7
1318 apud Loueth Rot. Pat. Claus 23
1320 Louth Plea R. Ed. II, 9
1336 Loueth Rot. Pat. Claus 41
1338 Louth Plea R. Ed. III, 34
1342 Lowthe Plea R. Ed. III, 2
1344 Louthe Plea R. Ed. III, 2
1381 Loueth Dowd. Deeds 109
1383 Co. Loueth Dowd. Deeds 115(no.285)
1383 county of Louethye Dowd. Deeds 115(no.286)
1400 Louth Rot. Pat. Claus 158
1525 episcopi monasterium de Louaeth Reg. Clogher (CLAJ 4) 240
1525 ecclesia Ludunensis Reg. Clogher (CLAJ 4) 254
1540 Curate of Lowiht Reg. Dowd. 93 (CLAJ VI, 93)
1540 Co. Louth Ir. Mon. Poss. 16
1540 monastery of Louth Ir. Mon. Poss. 16
1540 Town of Lowth Ir. Mon. Poss. 229
1540 Louthe, Tenants and occupies of 24 cottages in L. Ir. Mon. Poss. 233
1542 the late priory of Lowth Reg. Dowd. 99
1550 Louthe, rectories and tithes of, Fiant Edw. 568

20th century[edit]

Official administrative sources (state) 20th century.

Year Reference Source Page
1905 Lughbhadh, Seosamh Laoide Post-Sheanchas Cuid I – Sacsbhéarla-Gaedhilg[9] _
1919 21 January Co. Lughmhaighe Seán Ó Ceallaigh "I láthair" Dáil Éireann Roll-call[10] Vol. F No. 1

Renaming controversy[edit]

In 1964, the provisional official form 'Lú' was published in Ainmneacha Gaeilge na mBailte Poist i gCúige Laighean: Liosta sealadach.[11] It was in 1969 that the form Lú was adopted as the official Irish form and was published as such in Ainmneacha Gaeilge na mBailte Poist.[12]

In 1973, all of the Irish forms published in Ainmneacha Gaeilge na mBailte Poist, including the form Lú, were given legal status in An tOrdú Logainmneacha (Foirmeacha Gaeilge) (Uimhir 1, Bailte Poist) / The Placenames Order (Irish forms) (Number 1, Post-towns). In 1977 The Department of Post and Telegraphs published 'Lú' as the Irish name of Louth in Eolaí an Phoist, the Post Office Guide

In 2003 the provisions of Part 5 of Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla / The Official Languages Act, revoked the Placenames Act of 1973. Legal status in An tOrdú Logainmneacha (Contae Lú) / The Placenames Order (County Louth), declared the official version of the barony, parish and village of Louth to be Lú. That same year the Irish version of the name of the county, Contae Lú, was given legal status in An tOrdú Logainmneacha (Cúigí agus contaetha) / The Placenames Order (Provinces and counties).

However, Louth County Council consistently refused to accept Lú as the Irish translation. Contae Lughaí was used on signposts erected on roads entering the county, the Crest of the Council[13] states Chontae Lughaí, and in 2007 Comhairle Chontae Lughaí (Louth County Council) is used in the IPA’s Administration Yearbook & Diary.

In 2006 Louth County Council submitted a proposal to An Príomhoifigeach Logainmneacha, to change Lú to Lughaí. During 2007 the proposal was investigated by Dónall Mac Giolla Easpaig, of An Príomhoifigeach Logainmneacha. The proposal was dismissed in December 2007 as Lughaí was fictitious, had no historical significance, and no link to previous Irish lexical.

During the Council Meeting of Louth County Council held in County Hall, Dundalk on Monday 31st March, 2008; the judgement raised no objections by Louth County Council and Lú has since been used as the Irish word for Louth. The Minute No. 48/08 of this meeting states: "The correspondence from the Dept of Gaeltacht, Community and Rural affairs and the Placenames Commission regarding the Irish title of County Louth as discussed with members raising no objections to the Placenames Commission recommendation of Lú but requesting that advice be sought on the correct spelling of Lú in its tuiseal ginideach (genitive case) form"[14] [sic]

On 31 March 2008 the Louth Country Council elected membership was;
Cathaoirleach: Councillor J. Mulroy
Councillors: D. Breathnach, T. Brennan, T. Clare, J. D’Arcy, A. Donohoe, S. Keelan, J. Lennon, J. Loughran, D. Lynch, J. McConville, F. McCoy, P. McGeough, F. Maher, K. Meenan, I. Munster, G. Nash, M. O’Dowd, K. O’Heiligh, T. Reilly, J. Ryan, P. Savage, T. Sharkey, O. Tully.
Absent: Cllr M. Bellew

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ The Placenames Branch, Dept. of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
  3. ^ ARÉ: Annals of the Four Masters
  4. ^ ATig.: Annals of Tigernach
  5. ^ AU: The Annals of Ulster
  6. ^ VSH (Heist): Ailbe of Emly W.W. Heist (ed.). Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae ex codice olim Salmanticensi nunc Bruxellensi. Brussels, 1965.
  7. ^ The historical references are taken from the archive of the Placenames Branch.
  8. ^ Registrum Prioratus Omnium Sanctorum
  9. ^ Laoide, S., & O'Casey, S. (1905). Post-sheanchas: I n-a bhfuil cúigí, dúithchí National Library of Ireland LO 11969
  10. ^ Dáil Éireann An Rolla 21 January 1919
  11. ^ Ordnance Survey (Ireland). Coimisiún Logainmneacha., & Ordnance Survey of Ireland. (1964). Ainmneacha Gaeilge na mbailte poist i gCúige Laighean: Liosta sealadach. Ath Cliath: Oifig an tSaláthair.National Library of Ireland OPIE M / 68/4
  12. ^ Ordnance Survey (Ireland). (1969). Ainmneacha Gaeilge na mbailte poist. Baile Átha Cliath: Oifig an tSoláthair. National Library of Ireland Ir 92941 a 2
  13. ^ The Arms of the County, as granted by the Chief Herald to the Council in 1976
  14. ^ Minutes of Council Meeting of Louth County Council held in County Hall, Dundalk on Monday 31st March, 2008 Minute No. 48/08 page 6

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