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Travelling Placenames

When Northern Ireland people head off to live in other countries it's not just their personal belongings they take with them.

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Travelling Placenames

When Northern Ireland people head off to live in other countries it's not just their personal belongings they take with them. They use familiar placenames when they get there to remind them of home.

Liam G Kelly
In Clover, South Carolina you will find the LARNE BUILDING. This building is used for community events and is so called because Clover is twinned with Larne.

 

Doing the 'Ulster Walk' - Aussie style!

'Ulster Walk', Brisbane, Australia
The 'Ulster Walk' caught
on camera in Brisbane

A few years ago I was in Brisbane, Australia on a short visit. On a hot February afternoon, I was walking close to my hotel and stopped in my tracks when I saw a shop (or groups of shops) under the name Ulster Walk.

Can anyone tell me about this Ulster Walk?

Davy Sims

P.S. There is a shop in Colchester (I think) called The Belfast.

A happy snapper took the photograph below while travelling through the Catlins area of South Island, New Zealand. He forgot to make a note of where exactly he took it and we put out a call for help.

Iris Nuttall has come to the rescue......

"I have found some details on the elusive 'Carrickfergus St'. It's a sign post in Waikawa a small fishing village in the southern part of the South Island. I also found out that there are a few other streets with Irish names Larne St... Antrim St all in Waikawa  pronounced  Why- ca- wa.

Waikawa's early settlers came from Ireland, England and Europe they worked in the Goldmines, Sawmills and on the Whaling boats. I am still trying to find out who had the honour of naming the Streets. I am sure it was a well established Irishman by all accounts."

Have you any idea how these Waikawa streets came by their Irish names? Are there people with Northern Irish roots living in the area? If you know, we'd love to hear from you.

Carricfergus Street - where in New Zealand is this?
Carrickfergus Street,
Waikawa, New Zealand

From Argentina to Australia, Zambia to Zacynthus - thousands of Northern Ireland placenames are scattered across the globe. We'd love to hear about them. Where are they? Do you know how they came to be there? May be you've an appropriate photo you'd like to send us.

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