Did you notice … A column for the curious stroller by Séamus Cannon

Also published in Monkstown Voice – Monkstown Parish Church, St Patrick’s Church, Monkstown & the Society of Friends Newsletter

1 Did you notice the Ironwork…

2 Did you notice (polygonal stonework)

3 Did you notice…ogee window

4. Did you notice Stream

5.Did you notice… Juggy’s well

6 Did you notice Famine plaque-

7 Did you notice lamp standards

8 Did you notice… gas lights

9 Did you notice coastline… 1

10 Did you notice Huggins

11. Did you notice…Pakenham De Vesci

12 Did you notice graveyard

13 Did you notice masonry

14 Did you notice recycled stone

15 Did you notice St. Anne’s and Glandore

16 Did you notice benchmark

17 Did you notice- Placenames

18 Did you notice post boxes-

19 Did you notice- Lees PO

20 Did you notice Grubb

21 Did you notice Martello Tower

22 Did you notice Salthill Hotel

23 Did you notice Boot scrapers

24 Pim Sisters

25 St. Patrick shamrock

26 Chimneys of Monkstown

27 Jostle stones Gortmore

28 Robert Mallett

29 Monkstown Park and Charles Haliday

30 Did you notice restored ironwork

31 Monkstown Voice – December 2020

Local placenames in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown are derived from multiple sources and to study them is a fascinating way to explore our diverse heritage. Approximately half of the placenames in the county are derived from the Irish language. Other influences include topography and landscape; religious and social history; the colonial legacy; legend and mythology; the Italianate influence and some personal names. Part of a series of events celebrating 100 years since the name change from Kingstown to Dún Laoghaire in 1920. Séamus has contributed to a talk “Where do local placenames come from?” and a chapter on this subject for dlr Libraries recent publication What’s in a Name? Dun Leary – Kingstown – Dún Laoghaire. He also prepared, with Ríonach O Callaghan, a Primary Schools’ Resource on Placenames in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown which includes Lesson Plans on the origin of Dún Laoghaire, Martello Towers, the derivation of Early Christian and more recent dlr placenames, royal connections and the growth of the harbour.  A link to these resources for teachers can be found at https://www.scoilnet.ie/go-to-primary/theme-pages/history/placenames/