I first saw Dan McGinley's map of Teelin, Co. Donegal, pinned to the wall of the community centre in a small village called Kilcar. I was struck by the amount of detail and the sheer size of the map, it is about 150 centimetres tall, and was immediately determined that more people should see it. It was one of the maps that compelled me to organise Mapping Alternative Ulster.
Dan McGinley charted the local place names of several rural locations in Donegal, starting with places he knew from his own childhood. “As a child I found the place names fascinating,” he told me in an email, “they had the quality of incantations.” I am delighted that two of his maps are in the show.