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


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.

To purchase a copy of Dublin, part III, 1756 to 1847 click here


For Roddy Doyle's launch speech click here


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Lunchtime Lecture series

As part of the publications: IHTA, no. 26, Dublin, part III, 1756 to 1847 by Rob Goodbody and Dublin 1847: city of the Ordnance Survey by Frank Cullen (forthcoming), the IHTA in conjunction with the RIA Library are hosting an exhibition and lecture series 'Mapping city, town and country since 1824: the Ordnance Survey in Ireland'. Click her for more in the IHTA exhibition.

The lecture series continues from 1–2pm on Wednesdays in the Meeting Room, Academy House, Dawson Street throughout October and November along side an exhibition. Admission is free and no booking is required.

The full lecture programme is available to download here.

Western Towns Symposium

learning from the past: mapping our future


In an era of rapid social change and when the centres of our urban communities have been threatened as never before, it is important to learn from the past, especially as we attempt to renew and invigorate our towns and cities. What evidence can we utilise to inform our future planning development?

To complement Limerick 2030: an economic and spatial plan for Limerick and Limerick City of Culture 2014 the Hunt Museum, in collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy and Clare County Library, will host a one-day symposium on 23 October 2014 looking at the evidence of five western towns and cities from the Irish Historic Towns Atlas series: Ennis, Galway, Limerick, Sligo and Tralee. What can we learn from the evidence provided by such centres that can usefully inform planning and building decisions into the future?

Speakers to include:  Brian Ó Dálaigh, Eamon O'Flaherty, Fióna Gallagher, Gerard Carty, Grainne Shaffrey, Jacinta Prunty, Marc Caball, Merritt Bucholz and Paul Walsh.

Venue: The Hunt Museum, Rutland Street, Limerick

Date: 23 October 2014

All welcome: there is no registration fee for this seminar but please RSVP by 20 October 2014 to secure your place. Tel. 061 490 084 or email

For the Programme please click here.

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