Placenamesni.orgthe history behind our place-names

Interviews and other Media Events

Please note that the following list is indicative and is not extensive. It does not include all interviews and other media events from the earliest years of NIPNP.


  • Interview on place-names and transfer of Irish names to the United States, 20/02/2015. NVTV, Local TV for Belfast (MÓM)


  • Athchuairt ar 'Translations' ('Translations' Revisited). Documentary on Brian Friel's Translations. BBC2NI Television, 22/12/2013 (MÓM)
  • Talkback, with Wendy Austin. Contribution on place-names and coining of new names. BBC Radio Ulster, 30/09/2013 (MÓM)
  • Your Place and Mine: place-names and www.placenamesni. BBC Radio Ulster, 09/02/2013 (MÓM)
  • Interview on 'The Frank Mitchell Phone-in'. Place-names and the official launch of www.placenamesni at Stormont. U105.8, 21/01/2013 (MÓM)
  • Interview on 'Blas'. Seoladh oifigiúil www.placenamesni. BBC Radio Ulster, 22/01/2013 (MÓM)
  • Interview on 'Good Morning Ulster'. Place-names and the official launch of www.placenamesni at Stormont. BBC Radio Ulster, 21/01/2013 (MÓM)


  • 'Baile Seo agus Doire Siúd/Bally This and Derry That', Supported by Belfast City Good Relations Unit. Specialist Contributor on place-names.
    Raidió Fáilte 101.7FM (, First Broadcast: 14/12/2011 (MÓM)
  • Sruthanna. Contributions on place-names and history in the vicinity of the Bann and Lough Neagh. BBC2 NI Television, First Broadcast: 03/10/2011 (MÓM, GT)



  • Interview with Póilín Ní Chiaráin on life and work of Pat McKay. RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, 31/12/2009 (PMcK)
  • Local place-names and Northern Ireland Place-Name Project with Gordon Adair. BBC, recorded 17/12/2009; broadcast Christmas 2009 (KM)
  • Interview with Póilín Ní Chiaráin on the work of the Northern Ireland Place-Name Project. RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, 17/11/2009 (PMcK)
  • Good Morning Ulster with Seamus McKee. BBC Radio Ulster, 21/09/2009 (KM)
  • Programme on Lough Neagh. BBC Radio 4, 23/01/2009 (KM)


  • Sloinne agus Seoladh interview with Mícheál Holmes: Series on surnames and place-names. RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, 08/10/2008 (PMcK)


  • Good Morning Ulster on local place-names such as Sandyknowes, 02/11/2007 (KM)
  • Interview with Frank Mitchell for daily programme on local place-names. U105.8, 22/10/2007 (PMcK)
  • Lee Henry meets Dr Kay Muhr to find out the story behind NI's place-names,, 16/05/2007; updated: 12/10/2010 (KM)


  • Glór Anoir, Interview on Names. RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta (MÓM)


  • Radio interview on local place-names. Citybeat (Cookstown) (PMcK)
  • Interview in the Irish News with William Scholes re. Place-Names of NI viii: Fermanagh vol. i: Lisnaskea and District: the Parish of Aghalurcher, launched November 2004 (PMcK)


  • Book Programme. Review of Portavo by Peter Carr, Interview with Maureen Gallagher, BBC Radio Ulster, 12/12/2003 (KM)
  • The Land. 6-part radio series with William Crawley (recorded by Rachel Hooper), Interview for Mapping on programme 5, BBC NI, 21/06/2003 (KM)
  • Interview with Máire Killoran at the launch of 'Townlands in Art'. TG4 (MÓM)
  • The Belfast Telegraph published the press release 12/06/2003, and the Newsletter published a photo of the Belfast Bottles (adult 1st prize winner), 13/06/2003
  • Your Place and Mine: Interview with Brian Campbell at launch of 1821 Census in Mullaghbane Community Centre, Co. Armagh on 04/03/2003. BBC Radio Ulster, 29/03/2003 (PMcK)
  • Interview with Máire Killoran on the address system in Northern Ireland. Nuacht, TG4, 13/01/2003 (MÓM & KM)


  • Imagine Belfast 2008, Immigrant Place-names: Kay Muhr on local radio with historian Eamonn Phoenix. BBC Radio Ulster, 31/07/2002 (KM)
  • Arising from the exhibition Celebrating Ulster's Townlands at Stormont, 01/07/2002, two newspaper articles on local place-names, in the Ulster Newsletter and the Irish News.
    The latter was published on 01/07/2002 under the heading 'Townland names act like a postcard from the past'.
  • Down Recorder, 'Hailing the resurgence of townland names' 15/01/2002


  • Your Place and Mine, advertisement for talk at Brockagh, Co. Tyrone, 19/09/2001. BBC Radio Ulster, 15/09/2001 (KM)
  • Your Place and Mine, interview with Breege McCusker in Enniskillen. BBC Radio Ulster, 26/03/2001 (KM)


  • Talkback with David Dunseith. Interview on NIPNP database. BBC Radio Ulster, 03/07/2000 (KM)
  • Evening Extra with Séamus McKee. Interview on place-names. BBC Radio Ulster, 23/05/2000 (KM)
  • Nationwide. Kay Muhr and Pat McKay filmed at the launch of A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names (Enniskillen Town Hall) and on fieldwork in Fermanagh (Tempo and Belcoo). RTÉ One, 01/2000 (KM & PMcK)


  • Your Place and Mine with John Toal. Interview re. launch of A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names. BBC Radio Ulster, 11/1999 (PMcK)
  • Interview with Áine Ní Churraoin after launch of A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names. RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta (PMcK)
  • Interview with John Toal re lecture the following week in Armagh. BBC Radio Ulster, 11/04/1999 (KM)


  • Newsline. Interview with Maggie Taggart at Slieve Croob and Slievenaboley, discussing the importance of place-names with residents of Co. Down (Leo McNeill, Ernest Copeland). BBC NI (KM & PMcK)


  • Launch of Place-names of Northern Ireland Vol VI, North-west County Down / Iveagh in Banbridge, reported with photographs and the author's speech in several local papers, 31/10/1996 (KM)
  • Good Morning Ulster, with Wendy Austin and Seamus McKee. Interview on place-names, BBC Radio Ulster, 12/12/96 (KM)


  • UTV Live. Interview with Bernie Morrison (Fresh Productions) at Tullylish and Upper Bann Valley in Co. Down. Broadcast with report on the work of NIPNP as part of the University's 150th anniversary celebrations, UTV (KM & PMcK)


  • Woman's Hour, with Wendy Austin. Interview on the importance of place-names, BBC Radio Ulster (KM)


  • Ulster place-names & Place-names of Northern Ireland Volume 3, with Seán Rafferty. Mid-morning programme. BBC Radio Ulster (MÓM)


  • Interview on Place-names of Northern Ireland Volume 1, with Seán Rafferty. Mid-morning programme. BBC Radio Ulster (MÓM)