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Book Details

Published by Royal Irish Academy

January 2012


Number of pages: 200

ISBN: 9781904890782

This third combined and bound volume in the ‘Irish Historic Towns Atlas’ series follows volumes I (1995) and II (2005). A 300-page special publication, it brings together five towns and cities previously published as individual projects:

Derry-Londonderry, Dundalk, Armagh, Tuam and Limerick.

Maps are presented in large format and include facsimiles of old plans, historical reconstructions and thematic maps. Topographical views, illustrations, and photographs provide additional artistic perspectives. Each town/city in Volume III includes a text section with an explanatory essay and a detailed gazetteer that gives dates, references, and other data on the streets, buildings, and sites of the urban center.

The book offers the opportunity to compare details of these Irish towns and cities: Limerick had its origins as a Viking trading place on a river crossing before its complex evolution as a medieval royal center, and it eventually became one of Ireland's major industrial and maritime cities. Dundalk is an example of Anglo-Norman colonial initiative that found itself on the edge of the Pale (Dublin) by the end of the Middle Ages before coming under the influence of improving landlords in the 18th century. Armagh, Derry-Londonderry, and Tuam all have origins as early Christian monastic sites. Tuam evolved into a small town under Gaelic patronage in the late 12th century, while Derry-Londonderry became a plantation town in the early 17th century, and Armagh experienced significant growth in the 18th century thanks to its enterprising archbishops.

Authors: No. 15 Derry~Londonderry (2005) Avril Thomas No. 16 Dundalk (2006) Harold O'Sullivan No. 18 Armagh (2007) Catherine McCullough No. 20 Tuam (2009) J.A. Claffey No. 21 Limerick (2010) Eamon O'Flaherty

Series editors: Anngret Simms, H.B. Clarke, Raymond Gillespie, Jacinta Punry; Consultant editor: J.H. Andrews; Cartographic editor: Sarah Gearty; Editorial assistants: Angela Murphy, Angela Byrne, Jennifer Moore.

The Irish Historic Towns Atlas is a research project of the Royal Irish Academy and is part of a wider European scheme.

About the authors

Avril Thomas

Harold O'Sullivan

Harold Oâ€'Sullivan was a former general secretary of the Local Government and Public Services Union (predecessor of Impact) and president of Ictu, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Prior to his trade union career, he served as an officer in the Cavalry Corps, and when he retired turned to writing history. He was the author of Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 16, Dundalk (2006) and joint author, with Raymond Gillespie, of Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 23, Carlingford (2011).

Catherine McCullough

W.H. Crawford

J.A. Claffey

Eamon O'Flaherty