The Placenames Branch
The Placenames Branch undertakes research into the placenames of Ireland to provide authoritative Irish language versions of those placenames for official and public use. The Irish versions determined by the Placenames Branch are given legal status by means of a placenames order made by the Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh, T.D. Prior to October 2012, these orders were made following public consultation and having considered the advice of the Placenames Commission. Future placenames orders will be made by the Minister of State following public consultation and on consideration of advice provided by the Placenames Committee which was established on 19th September 2013 in place of the Placenames Commission.
Placenames Database of Ireland
All Irish language versions of placenames determined by the Placenames Branch are published on the Placenames Database of Ireland website www.logainm.ie. This site which has been developed by Fiontar, Dublin City University (DCU), in collaboration with the Placenames Branch, provides a comprehensive management system for data, archival records and placenames research conducted by the State.
If you are unable to find the Irish language version of a placename on the website at www.logainm.ie, you can request the information from the Placenames Branch via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.