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Irish Historic Towns Atlas Seminar 2024: 'Marshland to Metropolitan City'


Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 09:00


UCC Centre for Executive Education, Lapp's Quay


This event is fully booked, but a waiting list is in place.

This event is fully booked, but a waiting list is in place.

The annual IHTA Seminar, 'Marshland to Metropolitan City: exploring Cork through the Irish Historic Towns Atlas' will take place in Cork on 15 May 2024.

To celebrate the launch of Irish Historic Towns Atlas no. 31, Cork/Corcaigh by H.B. Clarke MRIA and Máire Ní Laoi, the annual seminar is being hosted by Cork City Council, in the UCC Centre for Executive Education, 1 Lapp's Quay, Cork, T12 VF82 on Wednesday, 15 May 2024.

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This seminar explores the city of Cork from its origins on a marshland site to the thriving metropolitan city we know. Delving into the many layers of the city’s heritage, Marshland to Metropolitan City will examine historic streets and buildings as we experience them today with aspects of our now invisible heritage — from medieval town walls, to military landscapes, to features of urban life such as convents, that are quickly disappearing from view. Building on a long tradition of map-making and local history, speakers will focus on recent research and new collections as presented in the Irish Historic Towns Atlas from various perspectives — archaeology, architecture, art history, cartography, historical geography and urban history — in seeking to understand and celebrate the unique sense of place and urban character of Cork city.

Speakers include: Brian Magee, Ciara Brett, Colin Rynne, Crónán Ó Doibhlin, Danielle O'Donovan and Gillian O'Brien, Finola O'Kane, Frank Keohane, Howard Clarke,  John Hegarty, Maura Cronin, Maurice Hurley, Michael Lenihan, Michael Waldron and Tom Spalding.

Convenors: Ciara Brett, Sarah Gearty, Jennifer Moore

Image: Cork, c. 1601, from the Hardiman Atlas, MS 1209, no. 46, courtesy of The Board of Trinity College Dublin

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