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Book Details

Published by Royal Irish Academy

January 2005


Number of pages: 163

ISBN: 9781904890102

Volume II brings together the first six towns of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas series, previously published as individual fascicles. These towns - Maynooth, Downpatrick, Kilkenny, Bray, Fethard, and Trim - illustrate characteristic periods of town formation in Ireland. 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 II 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. The core strength of the atlas project is presenting large-scale town plans as historical documents, showing the different modes of origin and subsequent growth-phases of Irish towns. The topographical history of these towns aims to reflect the complex cultural identity of Ireland.


No. 7 Maynooth (1995) Arnold Horner

No. 8 Downpatrick (1997) R.H. Buchanan, Anthony Wilson

No. 9 Bray (1998) K.M. Davies

No. 10 Kilkenny (2000) John Bradley

No. 13 Fethard (2003) Tadhg O'Keeffe

No. 14 Trim (2004) Mark Hennesy

Series editors: Anngret Simms, H.B. Clarke, Raymond Gillespie; Consultant editor: J.H. Andrews; Cartographic editor: K.M. Davies, Sarah Gearty.

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

Arnold Horner

R.H. Buchanan

Anthony Wilson

K.M. Davies

John Bradley

John Bradley was a historian and archaeologist of Irish towns, as well as a Senior Lecturer in the History Department at Maynooth University. He was the author of Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 10, Kilkenny (2000).

Tadhg O'Keeffe

Tadhg O'Keeffe is a Professor in the School of Archaeology at University College, Dublin. He is a specialist in medieval architecture and has published numerous books and essays on the topic. Amongst his publications are Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 13, Fethard (2003) and Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 27, Youghal (2015) with David Kelly.

Mark Hennessy