At a meeting of the judges on May 15th 2003 in the Great
Hall at QUB winners of the Northern Ireland Place-Name Project’s Townlands
in Art competition were decided.
panel - Mrs Joan Carson MLA, Raymond Clements OSNI and Prof David Johnston of
QUB, and artists Anne Anderson and Grace Digney - were presented with a wide range of artwork using media from pencil,
paper and paint, scraperboard, photography and photo-etching, to collage, fabric
wall-hanging, hat design, and glass. The age range of entrants was impressive
with work submitted by children as young as 4, all the way through to adult
artists. Primary schools from all over the province were represented.
exhibition of work from the competition was on show at the Visitors’
Centre at Queen’s during June and July, before moving on to other local
venues. The prize-giving event was held on Thursday 12th June 2003 at 11.30am
at the Visitors’ Centre. The Armagh Rhymers gave a special performance
celebrating Townlands in music and verse. The winners were presented with special certificates giving
the history of their chosen place-name. These were designed by Mark Mulholland
who also did the Celebrating Ulster Townlands Exhibition.
competition aimed to remind people of their place-name heritage, now that
townlands are to be restored to Northern Ireland addresses with the launch of
the new Pointer address database www.pointer-ni.gov.uk
of the various classes are shown on the following pages:-
School and Adult
list of all certificate winners
well as the winning entry in each class, the
Townland name illustrated by the entry is given in English, followed by the Townland name in Irish, an
explanation of the meaning of the Townland name and some further historical
detail (as shown on the prize certificates).
designer Mark Mulholland's own souvenir of the certificates for the prizewinners
is shown above. The picture he used is the entry on Derryaghy by Emma Cooney of
St Mary's Derrymore, Co. Armagh, 3rd prizewinner Primary 5-7.