Memories – 30 Years Ago – 'Snobs who mispronounce local names'

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THE ALLEGED “rape and violation” of some city street and area names by “blow-ins and snobs” in Limerick was castigated by Deputy Frank Prendergast this week.

At a meeting of the Housing Committee of Limerick City Council deputy Prendergast said that he must speak out at “the rape and violation of our street names.”

“Take Lanarhone Avenue”, he declared. “On the Corporation nameplate it says Ascal Leath na Run – now that’s nonsense, because the means the Avenue of the Half Seal – it should be Ascal Oilean na Ron, the Avenue of the Seal Island, which we all know so well,” added the irate Labour councillor.

Turning to Glenagross Park, he said that this should be Gleann na gCrois and pronounced in the Irish fashion and not in the English.

“We have snobs here in this city and as the city fathers – and mothers – should endeavour to see our place names preserved,” he added.

“These snobs, and blow-ins have taken to pronouncing the names of ancient parts of this city in their own way.

“Thomondgate is being pronounced so that Thomond rhymes with snowman. We should call a halt on this now.”