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Heritage and Conservation

Mayo Field Names Recording Project

Field names have been handed down through generations and are a valuable part of local heritage that describes the topography and settlement of local communities. This information is generally known only to the local people who live on and/or work the land. With less people working those fields on a regular basis and changes in land use and farming practices, this invaluable knowledge is being lost.

Mayo County Council Heritage Office, with support from the Heritage Council, is undertaking a pilot project to record Mayo field names with four Mayo communities in 2022.  This project aims to record information from the people who are guardians of this rich oral heritage and provide a valuable link to the physical and cultural history of these communities for generations to come.

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