Irish Historic Towns Atlas


[Royal Canal Harbour, looking south, 1818 by S.F. Brocas (NLI)]

The Irish Historic Towns Atlas project was established in 1981. The aim of the project is to record the topographical development of a selection of Irish towns both large and small. Each town is published separately as a fascicle or folder and includes a series of maps complemented by a detailed text section.

The Irish Historic Towns Atlas is part of a wider European scheme, with towns atlases containing broadly similar information available for a number of countries. Thus Irish towns can be studied in their European context. Map of European towns atlases

Galway Pocket Map


This pocket map from the Irish Historic Towns Atlas shows historic Galway plotted onto a detailed Ordnance Survey Ireland modern base. Over 200 sites and streets covering 700 years are depicted in colour and listed in an accompanying index. Town walls, bridges, churches, gallows, public buildings, schools, theatres and wells are among the sites shown, many of which no longer survive in the present-day cityscape. An ideal aid for a walking tour of the historic town, the map (940 x 705 mm) is folded to pocket size and accompanied by a booklet with commentary on the urban development of Galway by authors Jacinta Prunty and Paul Walsh. The map is based on work-in-progress for the Irish Historic Towns Atlas of Galway by the same authors, which is due for publication in 2016.

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This publication is supported by The Heritage Council.

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This digital edition of the Irish Historic Town Atlas for Kilkenny is available below for you to explore online, free of charge. For more information please click here.



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The aim of this one-day workshop was to promote the creative use of the IHTA in teaching, research and fieldwork at third level across the disciplines of geography, history, digital humanities, local studies, archaeology, architecture and town planning. It was open to lecturers, postgraduate tutors, demonstrators, heritage professionals and others who would like to obtain new tools, methods and ideas for teaching.

We hope to make the papers availble to listen to in the coming weeks.

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IHTA no. 27 Youghal

Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 27 Youghal by David Kelly and Tadhg O'Keeffe was launched in Academy House by Professor William J. Smyth on Friday 22 May 2015 following our annual seminar. For more information and to purchase the atlas, please click here.


IHTA Seminar 2015

This was the first in a new set of annual Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA) seminars that will explored Irish towns and cities within the European context. Speakers were asked to base their papers on the publications of the European Historic Atlas project. This year the focus was on mainland Europe. Irish towns were compared with counterparts in Austria, Finland, France, Poland and Ukraine. The plenary paper was presented by Professor Michael Conzen, University of Chicago, who looked at the challenges of comparative urban history.

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Dublin 1847:

city of the ordnance survey

Dublin 1847: city of the Ordnance Survey by Frank Cullen is an ancillary publication to IHTA no. 26, Dublin, part III, 1756 to 1847 by Rob Goodbody (published in November 2014). It contains forty-five extracts from the large-scale (1:1056) Ordnance Survey town plan of Dublin (1847) with accompanying commentaries and essay. Sites such as Aldborough House, King's Bridge railway terminus and the Meath Hospital are presented alongside distinctive areas including the North city markets district and the Grand Canal Harbour.

The book was officially launched by Senator David Norris on 3 March 2015.

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MEDIA: For a press release please click here.

IHAI Award for Rob goodbody

The editors and staff of the IHTA wish to congratulate Dublin, part III author, Rob Goodbody, who received an Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland award, sponsored by the ESB, on Wednesday 11 February 2015 for his 'outstanding publications on many aspects of industrial heritage including his latest publication, Dublin 1756–1847 in the Irish Historic Towns Atlas series volume 26'.

LtoR: Rory Goodbody, Ingrid Goodbody, Rob Goodbody, Dermot O'Dwyer (IHAI) [photographer: Alan Murphy]

For the full IHAI press release click here.



IHTA no. 26, Dublin, part III,

1756 to 1847

The third atlas in the IHTA Dublin series has just been published. It examines one of the key growth phases of the capital that embraced Georgian development of wide streets, red-bricked terraced houses and grand mansions, as well as elaborate public architecture in the form of the Custom House, Four Courts, General Post Office and Royal Exchange (now City Hall). The atlas bridges seminal events in Irish history including the 1798 Rebellion, Act of Union, Catholic Emancipation, free national school education, industrialisation to the eve of the Famine, which can be traced through the images and text presented. Twenty-five historic and reconstruction maps are produced in large, loose-sheet format, complemented by eleven views of the city. Author Rob Goodbody brings his expertise as former planner and historic buildings consultant to this atlas, which contains historical details of over 11,000 urban sites in the accompanying text. A CD-ROM of the full contents is included.

Roddy Doyle launched Dublin, part III, 1756 to 1847 on 6 November 2014 in Academy House.

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For Roddy Doyle's launch speech click here


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