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Dr. Aengus Finnegan

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.

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.

Professional Activities

Consultancy

  • 2017 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.

Association

  • 2015 member, Meath Archaeological and Historical Society
  • 2014 Committee member, Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland
  • 2013 member, Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement
  • 2010 member, Ulster Place-Names Society
  • Council member, The Old Athlone Society/Cumann Ársa Bhaile Átha Luain
  • member, Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Limerick

Education

  • 2012 NUI Galway - PhD
  • 2007 NUI Galway - BA

Language

  • English
  • Gaeilge

Other

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

Publications

Book Chapters

2021

The Irish language in Westmeath: 1600-1900
Ó Fionnagáin, A.
(2021) The Irish language in Westmeath: 1600-1900
In ., Westmeath history and society: interdisciplinary essays on the history of an Irish county; Séamus Ó Brien & William Nolan(Ed.) Dublin : Geography Publications

2021

Irish and English place-names in Ireland
Ó Fionnagáin, A.
(2021) Irish and English place-names in Ireland
In An Anthology in Honour of Gwynedd Pierce; Hywel Wyn Owen & Ann Parry Owen(Ed.) Wales : Welsh Place-Name Society

2021

Buaile in Irish townland names
Ó Fionnagáin, A.
(2021) Buaile in Irish townland names
In Onomastications A Festschrift for Simon Taylor; Thomas Owen Clancy et al(Ed.) Glasgow : Clò Gàidhlig Oilthigh Ghlaschu

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 pp. 22-46

Peer Reviewed Journals

2021

Names: a journal of onomastics: 'A linguistic database of Irish-language surnames'
Ó Raghallaigh, B., M. Mechura, A. Ó Fionnagáin, S. Osborne
(2021) Names: a journal of onomastics: 'A linguistic database of Irish-language surnames'
In Journal Name; USA : pp. 10-19
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/names.2021.2251

2019

Varia: Béitín agus Béiteáil
Finnegan, A., Mag Eacháin, Conchúr
(2019) Varia: Béitín agus Béiteáil
In Eigse-A Journal Of Irish Studies; National University of Ireland, Dublin : pp. 160-184
DOI: n/a

2018

Review Article: Logainmneacha na hÉireann IV: Townland Names of Co. Wexford: Ainmneacha na mBailte Fearainn, Co. Loch Garman (Conchubhar Ó Crualaoich and Aindí Mac Giolla Chomhghaill)
Ó Fionnagáin, Aengus
(2018) Review Article: Logainmneacha na hÉireann IV: Townland Names of Co. Wexford: Ainmneacha na mBailte Fearainn, Co. Loch Garman (Conchubhar Ó Crualaoich and Aindí Mac Giolla Chomhghaill)
In Ainm: a journal of name studies; Queen's University Belfast : pp. 86-93
DOI: n/a

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
In Eigse-A Journal Of Irish Studies; Dublin : pp. 187-199
[ULIR]

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
In Ainm: a journal of name studies; Belfast : pp. 65-89
[ULIR]

Other Journals

2013

What kind of Irish was spoken in Westmeath?
Finnegan, A
(2013) What kind of Irish was spoken in Westmeath?
In Ríocht na Midhe: records of the Meath Archaeological and Historical Society; Séamus Mac Gabhann(Ed.) Meath : pp. 294-311
[ULIR]

Conference Contributions

2021

Terryglass / Kilbarron Historical Society
Ó Fionnagáin, A.
(2021) Terryglass / Kilbarron Historical Society
Online

2021

Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society / An Cumann Éire San Ochtú Céad Déag Annual Conference
Ó Fionnagáin, A.
(2021) Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society / An Cumann Éire San Ochtú Céad Déag Annual Conference
Online

2020

Léann na Gaeilge seminar series
Ó Fionnagáin, A.
(2020) Léann na Gaeilge seminar series
Online

2019

Heritage Week- Westmeath
Ó Fionnagáin, A.
(2019) Heritage Week- Westmeath
Collinstown

2019

South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, Portumna
Ó Fionnagáin, A.
(2019) South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, Portumna
Portumna

2019

Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick: 2nd Winter School in Archival Research Skills & Book History
Ó Fionnagáin, A.
(2019) Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick: 2nd Winter School in Archival Research Skills & Book History
University of Limerick

2018

Ceardlann Mionlogainmneacha
Finnegan, A.
(2018) Ceardlann Mionlogainmneacha
Dublin City University

2018

Léann na Sionainne
Ó Riain, Gordon; Finnegan, A.
(2018) Léann na Sionainne
University of Limerick

2018

Westmeath Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society Spring Lecture Series
Finnegan, A.
(2018) Westmeath Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society Spring Lecture Series
Mullingar

2018

Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland: Arran 2018
Finnegan, A.
(2018) Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland: Arran 2018
Blackwaterfoot, Arran

2018

Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge
Finnegan, A.
(2018) Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge
Ollscoil Luimnigh

2018

Westmeath Heritage Week
Finnegan, A.
(2018) Westmeath Heritage Week
Clonkill, Co. Westmeath

2018

Moate Historical Society Lecture Series
Finnegan, A.
(2018) Moate Historical Society Lecture Series
Grand Hotel, Moate

2017

Tionól na Gaeilge
Finnegan, A.
(2017) Tionól na Gaeilge
UCD

2017

Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge
Finnegan, A.
(2017) Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge
Ollscoil Luimnigh

2017

The Old Athlone Society Annual Lecture Series
Finnegan, A.
(2017) The Old Athlone Society Annual Lecture Series
The Sheraton Hotel, Athlone

2017

Seisiún Oiliúna ar Mhionlogainmneacha na hÉireann & Meitheal Logainm.ie
Finnegan. A.
(2017) Seisiún Oiliúna ar Mhionlogainmneacha na hÉireann & Meitheal Logainm.ie
Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, Dublin City University

2016

Welsh Place-Name Society 2016 Conference
Finnegan, A.
(2016) Welsh Place-Name Society 2016 Conference
Coleg Cambria Llysfasi. Rhuthun,

2016

Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge
Finnegan, A.
(2016) Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge
Ollscoil Luimnigh

2016

Lismullin Heritage Series
Finnegan, A.
(2016) Lismullin Heritage Series
Lismullin, Co. Meath

2016

Scottish Place-Name Society Day Conference
Finnegan, A.
(2016) Scottish Place-Name Society Day Conference
Bute, Scotland

2015

Annual conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland
Finnegan, A.
(2015) Annual conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland
University of East Anglia, Norwich

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) 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

2015

International Congress of Celtic Studies
Finnegan, A.
(2015) International Congress of Celtic Studies
Glasgow

2014

Annual conference of the North American Association of Celtic Language Teachers (NAACLT)
Finnegan, A.
(2014) Annual conference of the North American Association of Celtic Language Teachers (NAACLT)
Waterford Institute of Technology

2014

Lismullin Heritage Series
Finnegan, A.
(2014) Lismullin Heritage Series
Lismullin, Co. Meath

2014

Annual conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland
Finnegan, A.
(2014) Annual conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland
Gregynog, Powys

2014

Teangeolaíocht na Gaeilge XVI
Finnegan, A.
(2014) Teangeolaíocht na Gaeilge XVI
Maynooth University

2013

Annual conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland
Finnegan, A.
(2013) Annual conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland
Glasgow

2012

Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement Annual Conference May 2012: Settlement in and around Lough Ree
Finnegan. A.
(2012) Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement Annual Conference May 2012: Settlement in and around Lough Ree
Athlone

2012

Annual Conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland
Finnegan, A.
(2012) Annual Conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland
Athenry

2011

XIV International Congress of Celtic Studies, Maynooth
Finnegan, A.
(2011) XIV International Congress of Celtic Studies, Maynooth
Maynooth University

2011

Comhdháil ar Litríocht agus Cultúr na Gaeilge, 2011. Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh
Finnegan, F.
(2011) Comhdháil ar Litríocht agus Cultúr na Gaeilge, 2011. Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh
Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh

2009

Annual Conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland
Finnegan, A.
(2009) Annual Conference of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland
Falmouth

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 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

Published Reports

2020

) Westmeath field names project: project update 2019-20
Ó Fionnagáin, A.
(2020) ) Westmeath field names project: project update 2019-20
Ó Fionnagáin, A.(Ed.) Mulingar : Westmeath Co. Co. pp. 1-12

2019

Westmeath Field Names Recording Project
Finnegan, A.
(2019) Westmeath Field Names Recording Project
McQuade, M.(Ed.) Ireland : Westmeath Co. Co. pp. 1-12
[ULIR]

Online Databases

2018

Meitheal Logainm.ie
Finnegan, A.
(2018) Meitheal Logainm.ie
Brian Ó Raghallaigh(Ed.) Dublin : Dublin City University

Newsletters

2016

Cill in the Placenames Database of Ireland
Finnegan, A.
(2016) Cill in the Placenames Database of Ireland
In Scottish place-names news: newsletter of the Scottish Place-Name Sociey/Comann Ainmean-àite na h-Alba; William Paterson(Ed.) Scotland : Scottish Place-Name Society pp. 3-5
[ULIR]

2013

Island names of Lough Ree and their chronology
Finnegan, A.
(2013) Island names of Lough Ree and their chronology
In Áitreabh: Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement newsletter; Charles Doherty(Ed.) Dublin : Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement pp. 11-12

Other Items Published

2015

Bibliography for 2014
Crook, A., E. Rye, A. Finnegan & D.N. Parsons
(2015) Bibliography for 2014
In Nomina: journal of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland; John Baker & Jayne Carroll(Ed.) United Kingdom : Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland pp. 143-

2014

Bibliography for 2013
Crook, A., E. Rye, A. Finnegan & D.N. Parsons
(2014) Bibliography for 2013
In Nomina: journal of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland; John Baker & Jayne Carroll(Ed.) United Kingdom : Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland pp. 189-211