Aengus Finnegan

Lecturer Below The Bar PHD BA

Contact Details

Léachtóir le Gaeilge
T: Ext. 4736
E: aengus.finnegan@ul.ie
 
researcher

Biography

I have been working at the University of Limerick since 2015, and was appointed Lecturer in Irish in September 2016.  I teach courses on Irish literature and language from 1600 to the present, including: modern Irish grammar, onomastics, early-modern prose literature in Irish, dialectology, Gaeltacht literature, the Schools' Folklore Collection 1937-8, & Celtic Civilisation.  My current research is focused on historical language shift and bilingualism in Ireland. I am also investigating the origins and development of 1350 townland names in Co. Westmeath, a study provisionally titled 'Language in the landscape'. I am coordinator of the Westmeath Field Names Recording Project.

From 2013 to 2015 I was employed in Fiontar, the Irish-language unit of Dublin City University. I worked as a Research Editor on a number of Irish-language and folklore digitisation projects, and as Project Coordinator of Logainm.ie, The Placenames Database of Ireland.

BA (International) in Irish and Geography, NUI Galway (2007). Awarded a National Lottery research bursary by the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht (2007-2011) to undertake doctoral research on the townland names of Co. Westmeath (PhD in Modern Irish, NUI Galway, 2012). 


Research Interests

Research interests include: Irish placenames, surnames, and personal names; folklore; and the historical dialectology and sociolinguistic heritage of the Irish language in central Ireland.
 
Ainmeolaíocht na Gaeilge, canúineolaíocht, béaloideas, stair na Gaeilge i lár na tíre. 

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2015 'The island names of Lough Ree'
Aengus Finnegan (2015) 'The island names of Lough Ree' In: Lough Ree: historic lakeland settlement. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Varia: Béitín agus Béiteáil'
Finnegan, A., Mag Eacháin, Conchúr (2018) 'Varia: Béitín agus Béiteáil'. Eigse-A Journal Of Irish Studies, 40 [Details]
2016 'An logainm Whinning, Co. na hIarmhí, agus inneoin mar eilimint i logainmneacha'
Finnegan, A. (2016) 'An logainm Whinning, Co. na hIarmhí, agus inneoin mar eilimint i logainmneacha'. Eigse-A Journal Of Irish Studies, XXXIX :187-199 [ULIR Link] [Details]
2012 'The topography of Bruidhean Da Choga or Bryanmore Hill, Co. Westmeath'
Finnegan, A (2012) 'The topography of Bruidhean Da Choga or Bryanmore Hill, Co. Westmeath'. Ainm: a journal of name studies, XI :65-89 [ULIR Link] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2018 Moate Historical Society Lecture Series,
Finnegan, A. (2018) ‘Bruíon Da Choga’ or Bryanmore Hill, Co. Westmeath, and the placenames of the surrounding landscape. [Invited Lecture], Moate Historical Society Lecture Series, Grand Hotel, Moate , 28-MAY-18 - 28-MAY-18 [Details]
2018 Ceardlann Mionlogainmneacha,
Finnegan, A. (2018) 'Obair pháirce ar Loch Rí agus ar an gceantar máguaird'. [Invited Lecture], Ceardlann Mionlogainmneacha, Dublin City University , 17-MAY-18 - 18-MAY-18 [Details]
2018 Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge,
Finnegan, A. (2018) 'Bailiú agus foilsiú logainmneacha áitiúla in Éirinn'. [Invited Lecture], Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge, Ollscoil Luimnigh , 06-MAR-18 - 06-MAR-18 [Details]
2018 Westmeath Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society Spring Lecture Series,
Finnegan, A. (2018) Collecting and revitalizing minor placenames and field names in Co. Westmeath. [Invited Lecture], Westmeath Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society Spring Lecture Series, Mullingar , 08-MAR-18 - 08-MAR-18 [Details]
2018 Léann na Sionainne,
Ó Riain, Gordon; Finnegan, A. (2018) Conference on various aspects of Irish language and literature at the University of Limerick, 25-26 May 2018. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Léann na Sionainne, University of Limerick , 25-MAY-18 - 26-MAY-18 [Details]
2018 Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland: Arran 2018,
Finnegan, A. (2018) Decoding the Black Islands, Lough Ree, Co. Longford. [Oral Presentation], Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland: Arran 2018, Blackwaterfoot, Arran , 06-APR-18 - 08-APR-18 [Details]
2018 Westmeath Heritage Week,
Finnegan, A. (2018) Westmeath Field Names Recording Project: the story so far. [Invited Lecture], Westmeath Heritage Week, Clonkill, Co. Westmeath , 21-AUG-18 - 21-AUG-18 [Details]
2017 Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge,
Finnegan, A. (2017) Úsáid na Gaeilge i gceantar Bhaile Átha Luain 1770-c.1970. [Invited Lecture], Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge, Ollscoil Luimnigh , 28-FEB-17 - 28-FEB-17 [Details]
2017 Tionól na Gaeilge,
Finnegan, A. (2017) The Placenames of Ireland/Logainmneacha na hÉireann. [Invited Lecture], Tionól na Gaeilge, UCD , 02-AUG-17 - 02-AUG-17 [Details]
2017 The Old Athlone Society Annual Lecture Series,
Finnegan, A. (2017) Irish as a vernacular language in Athlone and its hinterland, 1600-c.1970. [Invited Lecture], The Old Athlone Society Annual Lecture Series, The Sheraton Hotel, Athlone , 08-MAR-17 - 08-MAR-17 [Details]
2017 Seisiún Oiliúna ar Mhionlogainmneacha na hÉireann & Meitheal Logainm.ie,
Finnegan. A. (2017) Lecture on the study of minor placenames in Ireland. [Invited Lecture], Seisiún Oiliúna ar Mhionlogainmneacha na hÉireann & Meitheal Logainm.ie, Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, Dublin City University , 27-FEB-17 - 27-FEB-17 [Details]
2016 Lismullin Heritage Series,
Finnegan, A. (2016) The placenames of Meath and Westmeath 'A lot done, more to do'. [Invited Lecture], Lismullin Heritage Series, Lismullin, Co. Meath , 28-NOV-16 - 28-NOV-16 [Details]
2016 Welsh Place-Name Society 2016 Conference,
Finnegan, A. (2016) 6th annual conference of the Welsh Place-Name society. One day academic conference on aspects of the place-names of Wales. Title of lecture: 'Place-Names in Ireland'. [Invited Lecture], Welsh Place-Name Society 2016 Conference, Coleg Cambria Llysfasi. Rhuthun, , 01-OCT-16 - 01-OCT-16 [Details]
2016 Scottish Place-Name Society Day Conference,
Finnegan, A. (2016) 'Cill in the Placenames Database of Ireland'. [Invited Lecture], Scottish Place-Name Society Day Conference, Bute, Scotland , 07-MAY-16 - 07-MAY-16 [Details]
2016 Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge,
Finnegan, A. (2016) Béitín agus béiteáil mar eilimintí i logainmneacha na hÉireann. [Invited Lecture], Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge, Ollscoil Luimnigh , 17-FEB-16 - 17-FEB-16 [Details]
2015 Church and Settlement in Ireland: landscape, life and legacy. A joint conference of The Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement and the American Conference of Irish Medieval Studies,
Finnegan, A., Ó Raghallaigh, B. agus Měchura, M. (2015) 'The distribution of ecclesiastical elements in Irish placenames'. [Poster Presentation], Church and Settlement in Ireland: landscape, life and legacy. A joint conference of The Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement and the American Conference of Irish Medieval Studies, All Hallows College, Dublin , 27-FEB-15 - 01-MAR-15 [Details]
2015 Annual conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland,
Finnegan, A. (2015) 'Project report – logainm.ie/Placenames Database of Ireland'. [Oral Presentation], Annual conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland, University of East Anglia, Norwich , 27-MAR-15 - 28-MAR-16 [Details]
2015 International Congress of Celtic Studies,
Finnegan, A. (2015) 'An eilimint buaile i logainmneacha na hÉireann'. [Chaired Session], International Congress of Celtic Studies, Glasgow , 13-JUL-15 - 17-JUL-15 [Details]
2014 Annual conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland,
Finnegan, A. (2014) ‘Feighery, a Co. Offaly surname’. [Chaired Session], Annual conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland, Gregynog, Powys , 04-APR-14 - 06-APR-14 [Details]
2014 Lismullin Heritage Series,
Finnegan, A. (2014) ‘The Irish language in Meath and Westmeath 1700-­‐1900’. [Invited Lecture], Lismullin Heritage Series, Lismullin, Co. Meath , 29-OCT-14 - 29-OCT-14 [Details]
2014 Annual conference of the North American Association of Celtic Language Teachers (NAACLT),
Finnegan, A. (2014) ‘Sources and methods for researching Irish surnames’. [Chaired Session], Annual conference of the North American Association of Celtic Language Teachers (NAACLT), Waterford Institute of Technology , 06-JUN-14 - 06-JUN-14 [Details]
2014 Teangeolaíocht na Gaeilge XVI,
Finnegan, A. (2014) ‘Inneoin 'anvil' mar eilimint logainmneacha’. [Chaired Session], Teangeolaíocht na Gaeilge XVI, Maynooth University , 09-MAY-14 - 10-MAY-14 [Details]
2013 Annual conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland,
Finnegan, A. (2013) Mac Carrghamhna: a vanished Westmeath surname?. [Chaired Session], Annual conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland, Glasgow , 05-APR-13 - 08-APR-13 [Details]
2012 Annual Conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland,
Finnegan, A. (2012) '-putóg as an element in Irish townland names'. [Chaired Session], Annual Conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland, Athenry , 30-MAR-12 - 02-APR-12 [Details]
2012 Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement Annual Conference May 2012: Settlement in and around Lough Ree,
Finnegan. A. (2012) The placenames of Lough Ree. [Invited Lecture], Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement Annual Conference May 2012: Settlement in and around Lough Ree, Athlone , 11-MAY-12 - 13-MAY-12 [Details]
2011 XIV International Congress of Celtic Studies, Maynooth,
Finnegan, A. (2011) Cén sórt Gaeilge a labhraíodh i ndeisceart na hIarmhí? Fianaise ó na logainmneacha. [Chaired Session], XIV International Congress of Celtic Studies, Maynooth, Maynooth University , 01-AUG-11 - 05-AUG-11 [Details]
2011 Comhdháil ar Litríocht agus Cultúr na Gaeilge, 2011. Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh,
Finnegan, F. (2011) Meath na Gaeilge san Iarmhí: Próifíl na gCainteoirí Deireanacha. [Chaired Session], Comhdháil ar Litríocht agus Cultúr na Gaeilge, 2011. Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh , 07-OCT-11 - 08-OCT-11 [Details]
2009 Annual Conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland,
Finnegan, A. (2009) Townland Names of County Westmeath. [Chaired Session], Annual Conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland, Falmouth , 27-NOV-09 - 30-NOV-09 [Details]
2009 The Earliest Strata - Place-names of Ireland and Scotland: The Second International Conference on the Early medieval Toponymy of Ireland and Scotland,
Finnegan, A. (2009) The Topography of Bruidhean Da Choga or Bryanmore Hill. [Chaired Session], The Earliest Strata - Place-names of Ireland and Scotland: The Second International Conference on the Early medieval Toponymy of Ireland and Scotland, Queen's University, Belfast , 12-NOV-09 - 14-NOV-16 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2013 'What kind of Irish was spoken in Westmeath?'
Finnegan, A (2013) 'What kind of Irish was spoken in Westmeath?' Ríocht na Midhe: records of the Meath Archaeological and Historical Society, XXIV :294-311. [ULIR Link] [Details]

Newsletter

  Year Publication
2016 Cill in the Placenames Database of Ireland.
Finnegan, A. (2016) Cill in the Placenames Database of Ireland. Scotland: Newsletter [ULIR Link] [Details]
2013 Island names of Lough Ree and their chronology.
Finnegan, A. (2013) Island names of Lough Ree and their chronology. Dublin: Newsletter [Details]

Online Database

  Year Publication
2018 Meitheal Logainm.ie.
Finnegan, A. (2018) Meitheal Logainm.ie. Dublin: Online Database [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Limerick member /
Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland Committee member 31-MAR-14 /
The Old Athlone Society/Cumann Ársa Bhaile Átha Luain Council member /
Ulster Place-Names Society member 01-JAN-10 /
Meath Archaeological and Historical Society member 01-JAN-15 /
Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement member 12-MAY-13 /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2012 NUI Galway PhD Modern Irish
2007 NUI Galway BA Irish & Geography

Languages

  Language Reading Writing Speaking
Gaeilge
English

Consultancy

  Client Description
Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge Dublin City University
Half-day consultancy on the Meitheal Logainm.ie project.  This website provides a crowdsourcing tool for pooling, storing and sharing data about minor placenames.  

My consultancy consisted of a review of the website (from a an expert user's perspective, and drawing on my prior experience of working on such projects, and my expertise in placenames). I gave a 30 min presentation to key project staff followed by 1 hour discussion.

This was followed by a 1 hour and 15 mins presentation and discussion on the study of microtoponyms (minor placenames) in Ireland open to all staff in Fiontar/Scoil na Gaeilge.

 

 

Other Activities

  Description

Erasmus + Teaching exchange. Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań. May 12-13 2017. 8 hours of teaching.


Teaching Interests

External Supervisor: Justin Ó Gliasáin: 'A study of the microtoponymy of the baronies of Offaly East and Offaly West, Co. Kildare.' Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, Dublin City University. Current PhD student (Sept. 2017-).

2017-18: 6 FYP students.

Modules Taught

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
GA4011 - CELTIC CIVILISATION: CULTURE, LANGUAGE AND REPRESENTATIONS GA4011Origins of the Celts and introduction to Medieval Irish literature
Sem. 1 GA4147 - TEANGA SOCHAI AGUS SAIOCHT 5 GA4147
Irish Language 1 GA4115Introduction to the history of the Irish language
Semester 2 Irish Language II GA4116Introduction to the Irish language & the Gaeltacht in contemporary Ireland
Semester 2 Litríocht agus Saíocht 1690-1850 GA4156Párliament na mBan
Semester 2 Teanga, Sochaí agus Saíocht 4 GA4146Canúintí na Gaeilge, an fogharscríobh.
Seimeastar 2 Béaloideas II GA4228Bailiúchán na Scol
Seimeastar 2 GA4142 - TEANGA, SOCHAÍ AGUS SAÍOCHT 2 GA4142Ainmeolaíocht na Gaeilge. Gramadach na Gaeilge. An Dírbheathaisnéis
Bliain 1 GA4141 - TEANGA, SOCHAÍ AGUS SAÍOCHT 1 GA4141Gramadach na Gaeilge
Autumn Scríbhneoirí na Gaeltachta GA4138An tOileánach