Placenames Orders

Fourteen placenames orders have been made to date since the enactment of the Official Languages Act 2003. These orders declare the Irish versions of the names of provinces and counties, the names of administrative units and of other names in counties Cork, Dublin, Kilkenny, Limerick, Louth, Monaghan, Offaly, Tipperary and Waterford, and of the names of centres of population not covered by other orders. Two placenames orders have been made in relation to Gaeltacht areas. The first order, made in 2004, declares the Irish versions of the administrative units and the second order, made in 2011, declares the Irish version of all other placenames depicted on the historic maps of Ordnance Survey Ireland at a scale of six-inches to one mile (1:10,560). One other order was made to amend the placenames order for County Limerick.

The placenames orders made to date are available to download from both the Department’s website and from the Placenames Database of Ireland website, www.logainm.ie.


Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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