Margaret and other Listers,
The reason Townlands have not been signposted in Co Fermanagh is in about
late 1980s the "powers that be" inflicted new road names on us and wanted us
to use those and forget about our townlands. Fermanagh was the last county
to still have Townland addresses and post (Zip) codes.
Traditional names of roads, known locally for generations, were scrapped,
and the new road name and a number, and post code, was imposed on us, by
someone in Belfast who probably never saw a blade of grass. The populace
refused to accept the demise of our townland name in our addresses, and
after public meetings, it was decided that we could use the new numbered
road address followed by our townland and postcode.
Every field has had a number since the Griffiths Valuation and one week
after my husband died I attended a meeting at the Marble Arch Cave Complex,
where "An Expert" was introduced to us. Now between the introduction of the
imposed addresses I had had letters from Council and Government Offices
addressed to me to 5 different addresses, Same road name but differing
numbers, eg 41A, 43B 40, etc. To tell the truth I had no Idea which one was
supposed to be the correct one. [Which now turns out to be 43A.]
People hereabouts have names like Maguire, (3 families) McGovern (4),
McManus (3), Wallace (4) and none of them related so if we did not know
their townland and their nickname we would not know which family to direct
Each Post code is supposed to cover 6-10 houses and townlands could have
anything up to 20 farms in them.
The Council/Local Government refused to put the names of the townlands on
the signposts so we are still at a stalemate.
A family History Society would not be supposed to have a political bias so
it would not be fitting for one to try to influence any decision in the
case of townland signing.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Margaret Barnes" <barnesdm(a)bigpond.net.au>
Sent: 28 February 2008 02:43
Subject: Re: FER-GOLD New branch of the North of Ireland Family
HistorySociety in Fermanagh
If this new branch goes ahead might I suggest that they lobby the
County??Council for townland signposting. When in NI late last year I
was thrilled to find each townland in Co. Tyrone signposted which made
locating places so much easier than we encountered in Fermanagh. In
Fermanagh we had to rely on our maps and guess where the places were.
Margaret in Oz.
WILSON/HAMILTON/MILLER - Co. Tyrone - N.Ireland
MORROW/ALLINGHAM/ARMSTRONG/JOHNSTON/CLINTON - Co. Fermanagh N. Irl.
BARNES/WHYBROW - Co.Cambridge, Norfolk England
DURHAM/WRIGHT - Aberdeen,Wick,Thurso, Scotland
COLLINS/ALLEN/HOCKING - Co. Cornwall, England
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