Townlands.ie now displays the historic name of areas! Townlands.ie is a website which shows the Irish traditional boundaries in OpenStreetMap, like townlands, civil parishes, baronies and counties. It's very useful for Irish genealogical research, and mainting Ireland's heritage into the digital era.
An example of this is County Offaly, which was initially created as a county in 1556 as "King's County", and was known as that until Irish independence in 1922, when it was changed to County Offaly. Neighbouring Co. Laois was known as "Queen's County".
Townlands.ie currently supports the following 3 forms. Other options may be added later.
name:--YEAR: Name before
name:YEAR--: Name from
YEARto the present
name:YEAR1--YEAR2: Name between the years
There is already support for adding the name Griffith's Valuation (with
name:griffithsvaluation tag), and the 1901 and 1911 census names (
name:census1911). However that is often used for transcription errors.
Please add more historic names to OSM in Ireland!