Naas residents will be asked to take part in a vote to change the change the
official Irish name for Naas from An Nás to Nás na Ríogh.
Long serving politician Seamie Moore believes there is a “strong surge in support” among local people to have Naas known as Nás na Ríogh in Irish.
He wanted a vote to take place along with the forthcoming General Election but this is unlikely because Naas councillors have first to agree and this is followed by a public consultation process.
In October 2006 voters in Dingle voted to change the name of the Co Kerry town to Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúis.
Cllr Seamie More said he hoped the other eight councillors on the Naas Municipal District would agree with the move.
“This has nothing to do with me; it’s about giving Irish back to Naas. The suppression of Irish in Naas has been successful and only one local address (Loch Bui in the Corban’s Lane/Fairgreen area) has survived,” Cllr Moore told a NMD meeting.
He said that many other old addresses in the town have been Anglicised and An Nás is an Anglicised description. The legislation covering nameplace changes dictates that half of the NMD councillors representing the Naas area only) must agree and the support is likely to be unanimous.
The boundary must be mapped and then a secret ballot is held after members of the public have been given two months to make any submissions. Ancient records indicate that there are many historical references to An Nás as well as Dun Nás for Naas town.