Irish Historic Towns Atlas Westport: Tour & Talk
WhenMonday, August 15, 2022, 14:00
The planned eighteenth-century estate town of Westport is a designed landscape with links back to the pre-plantation landscape of Murrisk, Muraisc, meaning a ‘sea-shore marsh’, and Burrishoole, Buiríos Umhaill, or the ‘burgage of the Owels’ suggesting an Anglo-Norman connection in the local area. Peter Browne, Westport House placed an advertisement for tradesmen, in the Dublin Faulkner’s Journal on 17 March 1767 to construct the new town of Westport. The Atlas of Westport, in preparation, will outline the town’s topographical history from its earliest foundations to 1900.
Maynooth University graduate Ben Callan, Irish Historic Towns Atlas Editorial Assistant Jennifer Moore and authors Éamon O’Flaherty and Siobhán Sexton share details of recent research on Westport that was carried out with the support of The Heritage Council, Irish Historic Towns Atlas and Mayo County Council. Westport Historical Society’s Bronach Joyce will provide a guided walk of Westport Quay.
14:00 – 14:50 Bronach Joyce: Guided Walk of Westport Quay. Meeting at Clew Bay Heritage Centre at 14:00
15:00 – 15:15 Jennifer Moore: Irish Historic Towns Atlas – Context and Methodology
15:15 – 15:25 Siobhán Sexton: Conservation-led Case Study
15:25 – 15:35 Ben Callan: Valuation Office Records
15:35 – 15:45 Dr Éamon O’Flaherty: The Registry of Deeds and the growth of Westport up to 1850
15:45 – 16:00 Questions
This event is free but places are limited. Please email email@example.com to book a place.
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