The idea of identity and belonging is both physical and psychological; it comes from the place we live and the people around us. In the past, before mass media and large scale mechanisation our countryside was a very different place and the townland was at the core of rural identity. It was how people saw themselves, how they identified with their landscape, their traditions and history. Townlands inspired music and poetry, myth and legend and left an indelible mark on the lives of the people that inhabited them.
Today, rural communities have changed significantly and influences are as much global as local. Identification with the townland is being lost and the knowledge of the traditions of the landscape such as field names and folklore are being forgotten.