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More maps and texts: sources and the Irish Historic Towns Atlas

by  H.B. ClarkeSarah Gearty
€ 30.00

Book Details

Published by Royal Irish Academy

May 2018


Number of pages: 344

ISBN: 978-1-908997-73-9


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More maps and texts: sources and the Irish Historic Towns Atlas is based on a series of annual seminars run by the IHTA project from 2012 to 2014. Its predecessor Maps and texts: exploring the Irish Historic Towns Atlas was published by the Royal Irish Academy in 2013.

Nineteen essays are presented in the volume, which is structured into three chronological parts: monastic proto-towns and Viking towns; Anglo-Norman, gaelicised and plantation towns; and Georgian and Victorian towns. An introductory essay deals with a selection of standard sources that have been used by the IHTA. Subjects range from the meaning of placenames, to the art historical perspective, to the impact of canals and railways on towns. The twenty-eight published IHTA fascicles provide the basis for the research and the emphasis is on the cartographical and historical sources — their nature and utility — that are available for the study of Irish towns.

Most of the contributors to this volume are not authors of IHTA fascicles, thus enabling them to cast a fresh and, on occasion, a more critical eye over what heretofore has been achieved.

More maps and texts: sources and the Irish Historic Towns Atlas was launched by Keith Lilley in Academy House on 18 May 2018 to conclude the IHTA Seminar 2018. For more on the seminar and photographs from the event, click here.  

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


‘Like the earlier volume, not only is More maps and texts an indispensable resource for Irish researchers but it offers considerable intellectual stimulation for urban historians everywhere’. Professor Tadhg O’Keeffe, University College Dublin 

Contents and contributors

1.Sources for town atlases (H.B. Clarke and Sarah Gearty) 2.Environment (H.B. Clarke) 3.Placenames (Nollaig Ó Muraíle) 4.Religion (Catherine Swift) 5. Derry~Londonderry (Brian Lacey) 6.Limerick (Brian Hodkinson) 7.From Gaelic church settlements to Anglo-Norman towns: problems and possibilities (Cóilín Ó Drisceoil) 8.Anglo-Norman towns based on castles (Margaret Murphy) 9.Anglo-Norman towns based on coastal and riverine trading activity (Andy Halpin)10.Gaelic towns? Tuam, Longford, Sligo and Ennis (Sarah Gearty) 11.Colonial towns, 1500–1700: Carrickfergus, Downpatrick and Belfast (Raymond Gillespie) 12.Plantation towns: Bandon, Derry~Londonderry and Armagh (Annaleigh Margey) 13.An art-historical perspective on the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (Rachel Moss) 14.The Big House and town improvement (Toby Barnard) 15.Exploring the impact of the canals: Limerick, Maynooth, Mullingar and Longford (Arnold Horner) 16.Military barracks in an age of revolt and war (David A. Fleming) 17.Valuation maps (Hélène Bradley-Davies and Marie Taylor) 18.The railway and the urban landscape: assessing the impact in Dublin, Belfast, Dundalk and Bray (Frank Cullen) 19.From Georgian to Victorian: Dublin 1756 to 1847 (Rob Goodbody)

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About the authors

H.B. Clarke

Howard B. Clarke is an editorial board member of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas, a research project of the Royal Irish Academy. He is Professor Emeritus of Medieval Socio-Economic History at University College Dublin. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and of the International Commission for the History of Towns. Amongst his publications are Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 11, Dublin, part I, to 1610 (2002), Reading the maps: a guide to the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (2011) with Jacinta Prunty and Maps and texts: exploring the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (2013), with joint editor Sarah Gearty, Lords and towns in Medieval Europe (2015), with joint editor Anngret Simms.

Sarah Gearty

Sarah Gearty is cartographic and managing editor of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas project. She has overseen the production of over 15 town atlases and several ancillary publications/projects. She was co-author on the atlas of Longford (2010, with Fergus O'Ferrall and Martin Morris) and co-editor of Maps and texts: exploring the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (with H.B. Clarke, 2013).