Aengus Finnegan

Lecturer Below The Bar PHD BA

Contact Details

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

Biography

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). 

From 2013 to 2015 he was employed in Fiontar, the Irish-language unit of Dublin City University. While there, he worked as a Research Editor on a number of Irish-language and folklore digitisation projects, including over a year as Project Coordinator of Logainm.ie, The Placenames Database of Ireland. He has been teaching at the University of Limerick since 2015, and was appointed Lecturer in Irish in September 2016.  



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]

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]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
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]
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 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 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 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]
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 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]
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]
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]
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 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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]

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]

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