The competition

Place-Names are precious relics of times gone by, telling us not only about how our predecessors saw the world around them, but also preserved linguistic secrets that can tell about the languages and varieties spoken by inhabitants of our native places over time. ‘Know your place, show your place’ is a photography competition which invites members of the public to consider the linguistic ‘ingredients’ that make up their places, and capture elements of these as they exist today in a simple photograph.

Such examples might be the beach in the Irish townland name Ballintrae  (Baile an Trá ‘townland of the strand’ ‘townland of the strand’), the remains of the church in the Scots name Kirktown ‘churchtown’ or perhaps an image of someone caught in a breeze at Windyhill, or a particularly interesting street or road sign. Others might be lucky enough to capture a badger at Carnbrock (Carn Broc ‘cairn of badgers’) or attempt to climb Slieve Patrick (Sliabh Pádraig ‘Patrick’s Mountain) to get a snap of the tallest statue (in the world) of the saint which sits at the top. Some examples are below:

Statue in the Roe Valley Country Park (@andersonkerry), Limavady (Léim an Mhadaidh ‘leap of the dog’) .
The place-name is said to have its origin in a legend about a dog belonging to a chieftain of the O’Kanes (O’Cahans) which jumped a steep gorge of the river Roe carrying a message of danger to the O’Cahan castle which formerly stood on the east bank of the river, 2.5km south of the modern town.
Splashing in the waves at Bun na hAbhna ‘bottom of the river’ (Waterfoot, Co. Antrim). The name of the small village refers to the Glenariff River, which flows down Glenariff ( Gleann Airimh ‘glen of arable land’) and enters the sea here at Red Bay.

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