Saturday 23 March 2019

Confusion reigns with two names

Apart from the obvious pitfalls where tourism is concerned, having two place names is also problematic for a number of other reasons.

Campaigner Anne Gilroy explains that from a heritage and history perspective all of the births, deaths, marriages, school roles and sporting history are recorded under Enniscrone.

"If you google Inishcrone you won't find historical recordings under it because everything is recorded under the Enniscrone spelling."

Likewise local businessman and councillor Joe Queenan who is 'fifth generation Enniscrone' says it has created huge confusion with websites.

"It is E big time," he stresses, "It has never been I to us. The historical element is really important. The I spelling looks silly, it has been mis-named."

From a business point of view also the two names causes confusion.

Anne says: "Google maps says Inishcrone which can cause problems for deliveries. New businesses have to get an eircode which again is listed as Inischrone. Most put the two versions on their official business addresses in order to make life easier."

Those who spoke to the Champion last Tuesday have an immense pride of place in their home town. From their school days and for generations in their families, Enniscrone has always been Enniscrone.

"I went to Enniscrone National School, this is my town, we want official records to reflect who we are and where we come from," stresses Anne.

Joe agrees: "It is very important at this stage to keep the process going. I'd like to thank the county manager and his team. It's important we complete this for the town.

"When the sun is out in Enniscrone there is nowhere nicer. The beautiful red sunset over Killala Bay is breathtaking.

"I'm so proud to be from West Sligo. Every tourist who comes here remarks on how beautiful it is."

Sligo Champion