The Origin and History of Irish Names of Places. Dublin: Edcuational Co., 1920-1922. Pp, (1) xiv, 589; (2) vii, 538; (3) x, 598. Three volumes. Publisher's green cloth boards, titles lettered in gilt on spines, blind embosses design on upper covers. Lightly shelf-wear & fading. Vols 1 +3, lacking front free endpapers & half-titles. A good set.
The first two volumes explain the phonetic laws under which Irish place names were anglicised. In the third volume the author has endeavoured to include names which you would not find in the previous two volumes.
Educated at a hedge school - P.W. Joyce ( 1827-1914) was to become a key cultural figure in Ireland. He was born in Ballyorgan, County Limerick and was a native Irish speaker. Joyce started work in 1845 with the Board of National Education in Clonmel. He was later the President of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland