The Louth Local Authorities Placenames Committee was established in 2008 to ensure as far as possible that placenames reflect the rich Irish cultural heritage of County Louth. Placenames are an important aspect of our cultural heritage. They have the ability to communicate the relationship between people and their landscape and environment.

Care needs to be taken when naming new developments such as housing estates, streets, shopping centres, community facilities and so on, to ensure that the name is relevant to the area. It is important that duplication of placenames is avoided as this can impact the operation of emergency services, council services, and delivery and taxi services. Thought also needs to be given to associated signage and numbering schemes.

It is important that modern placenames reflect the local topography, history, culture and heritage of an area and also having regard for the Irish language in the County.

Membership of the Placenames Committee

Agreement of New Placenames

General Guidelines for Developers


The Placenames Commission

Foras Na Gaeilge

Udaras Na Gaeltachta

Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht