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Plan for townlands to be set in stone in Rathfriland

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Plan for townlands to be set in stone in Rathfriland thumbnailA stone similar to the ones suggested for four areas of Rathfriland including Lissize

RATHFRILAND Historical Society is behind an initiative to put townlands in stone.

Group members believe it is important that Rathfriland's townlands of Cross, Lissize, Kiltarriff and Rosconnor are not forgotten.

And hope that by putting up stone markers with the townlands and their descriptions, it will cement the names in the public's memory.

Earlier this month the group applied for consent from council to install four solid stone townland markers, four concrete plinths and four interpretive and display boards at four locations around the borders of the town.

George James from the Rathfriland Historical Society said it is all in an effort to ensure these townlands are not forgotten.

Meanwhile, Dorothy James, historical society secretary, confirmed they have just put in planning permission and "we will have to wait and see if it is granted".

However, Mr James said that as similar stones have been put up in neighbouring areas of Annaclone and Clonduff, he does not expect any difficulty.

“The marker stones won't be exactly like what our neighbours have erected but along the same lines," said Mrs James.

Rathfriland Historical Society has applied for planning permission for the stones, concrete plinth and interpretive and display panels to be put up on Downpatrick Street, Lissize Road, Ballyroney Road and the Newry Road.

It is hoped that the display boards will contain information about the townlands including Lissize's meaning as 'enclosure of the wood/ wooded height'.

Community efforts to instill greater local pride and awareness have been gaining momentum in recent years. Townland marker stones have been on the increase over the course of the last decade.

Annaclone Historical Society erected 15 townland stones across the parish of Annaclone as a part of a pilot scheme known as The Placename Project while Clonduff Historical and Heritage Group also created a total of 83 granite stones at the boundaries of Clonduff parish, with the names of the townlands.

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