The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest academic honour in Ireland.

Read more about the RIA

IHTA Dublin Suburbs Walking Tours


Saturday, August 12, 2023, 11:00 - Saturday, August 19, 2023, 11:00




All tours are now fully booked

For the Heritage Week 2023 theme 'Living Heritage', the Irish Historic Towns Atlas will hold five walking tours on Dublin Suburbs: Clontarf, Drumcondra, Kilmainham, Rathmines and the south-east city.

Heritage Week

Heritage week


The Irish Historic Towns Atlas has a suburbs series for Dublin. To date, Clontarf by Colm Lennon and Rathmines by Seamas O Maitiu have been published. ‘Drumcondra’ by Ruth McManus is to be the third in the series, followed by ‘Kilmainham/Inchicore’ by Frank Cullen. Rob Goodbody is the author of Dublin, part III, 1756 to 1847 and will focus on the industrial area of the south-east city.

The Dublin Suburbs Series is produced in partnership with Dublin City Council.

Tours will be limited to 20 people and bookings are open since Monday 10 July 2023 at 9am. The meeting points for each walking tour will be issued once places are reserved.

All tours are now fully booked. 

IHTA Dublin: South-East City [SOLD OUT]

By Rob Goodbody

[image: extract from 'City of Dublin, looking north-west, 1846 (private collection) in IHTA no. 26 Dublin, part III, 1756 to 1847 by Rob Goodbody.]

11:00 Saturday 12 August 2023

Meeting point (issued on booking) 

Bookings open

Rob Goodbody will guide a tour around the industrial area of the south-east city. Rob is a historical buildings consultant and author of numerous publications including Irish Historic Towns Atlas no. 26 Dublin, part III, 1756 to 1847 (Royal Irish Academy, 2014) for which he was awarded the best publication award by the Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland. He is widely published on urban Dublin historical architecture and development, Dublin Bay, Irish stone bridges, Martello Towers, Dun Laoghaire and Quakers.

IHTA Dublin Suburbs: Drumcondra [SOLD OUT]

By Ruth McManus

[image: Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra, looking west, early 20th cent. National Library of Ireland, EAS_1675]

14.30 Saturday 12 August 2023

Meeting point (issued on booking) 

Bookings open

Ruth McManus is an honorary editor of the IHTA Board and author of the forthcoming Dublin Suburbs Series no. 3 ‘Drumcondra’. She is Associate Professor of Geography at the School of History and Geography, Dublin City University and has published on various aspects of urban geography and suburban history including Dublin, 1910–1940, shaping the city and suburbs (2002; revised edition 2021).

IHTA Dublin Suburbs: Kilmainham [SOLD OUT]

[Image: Kilmainham Sessions House, Dublin Penny Journal, iv:184 (9 Jan. 1836), p. 221 ]

By Frank Cullen

11.00 Monday 14 August 2023

Meeting point (issued on booking)

Bookings open

Frank Cullen is author of Dublin Suburbs Series no. 4 ‘Kilmainham/Inchicore’. He is an editorial assistant in the IHTA and works as a guide in No. 14 Henrietta Street. He is author of Dublin, 1847; city of the Ordnance Survey (Royal Irish Academy, 2015) and completed his doctoral thesis on ‘Local government and the management of urban space: a comparative study of Belfast and Dublin, 1830–1922’.

IHTA Dublin Suburbs: Rathmines [SOLD OUT]

[image: Rathmines, looking north, c. 1910, National Library of Ireland, L_Roy_05953, in IHTA, Dublin Suburbs Series no. 2, Rathmines by Seamas O Maitiu.]

By Seamas O Maitiu

11.00 Friday 18 August 2023

Meeting point (issued on booking)

Bookings open

Seamas O Maitiu is the author of the latest Dublin Suburb, Rathmines and has had a long association with the suburb. He is a lecturer and writer, editor of the Dublin Historical Record and his book Dublin Suburban Towns, 1834 to 1930 (2003) is considered a core source for anyone interested in the greater Dublin area.

IHTA Dublin Suburbs: Clontarf [SOLD OUT]

[image: Dublin and Drogheda Railway Viaduct, 1853, by Edward MacFarland, NLI PD 1986 p. 7, in IHTA Dublin Suburbs Series no. 1 Clontarf by Colm Lennon.]

By Colm Lennon

11.00 Saturday 19 August 2023

Meeting point (issued on booking)

Booking open

Colm Lennon, MRIA, is author of Dublin Suburbs Series no. 1 Clontarf (Royal Irish Academy, 2017) and IHTA no. 19 Dublin, part II, 1610 to 1756 (Royal Irish Academy, 2009). Colm is a Professor Emeritus of Maynooth University. He has written extensively on social, political and religious history in early modern Ireland. Some of his other publications include: with John Montague John Rocque's Dublin: a guide to the Georgian city (Dublin, 2010); Sixteenth-century Ireland (Dublin, 1994); and That field of glory: the story of Clontarf from battleground to garden suburb (Dublin, 2014).

Tabhair tacaíocht do thodhchaí an léinn in Éirinn

Make a donation