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Reprint of 'Field Names of Meath' book

Wednesday, 11th December, 2013 4:10pm

Story by John Donohoe
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Reprint of 'Field Names of Meath' book

A gate on Kildalkey's Trim Road.

Reprint of 'Field Names of Meath' book

A gate on Kildalkey's Trim Road.

The committee behind the publication ‘The Field Names of County Meath’ that was launched in June of this year has announced that they are printing an extra stock of books to meet Christmas demand.  This book has been very well received and the initial print run of 2,000 books have almost all been sold.  It has been described as ‘a beauty that will be treasured in many’s the home.’ 

The book, printed in full colour, has a range of stunning photos of rural Meath showing many fields and interesting features within those fields.  Many people were involved in taking these beautiful and well observed photos; each photographer is credited.  Of course the content details all the information that was gathered about Meath field names, their history and lore.  The field names were collected from townlands in every corner of the ounty.  The information is presented in an easy to read, non academic format.  Many of the volunteers who helped to gather the field names have written short pieces on their experiences in helping with the project.  

At over 400 pages this is a large book.  A reader could pass many pleasant winter nights dipping in and out of the different sections of the book.  The book would make an excellent Christmas gift for any person with a good appreciation of rural Meath and Meath heritage.  The book would also be greatly appreciated by any Meath person living away from their native county.  This book is likely to become a collector’s item for Meath historians in years to come.  At a recommended retail price of €20 the book also represents excellent value for money.   The project was supported by Meath Partnership, the FBD Trust, the Heritage Council and several local sponsors.  In an era where we can be surrounded by much negativity, this book and the voluntary effort that went into it, represents so much that is positive about Meath, its people and its landscape.


The book is widely available to buy in County Meath – in all branches of Meath library, at local bookstores and selected newsagents and also in several agri stores.  For people outside Meath the book can be ordered on www.kennys.ie with no additional post and packaging costs.  For full details of book availability see the news section of the project website on www.meathfieldnames.com or phone 087-2077622.     



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