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Renaissance Galway launched at the Milwaukee Irish Fest

27 August 2019

The Irish Historic Towns Atlas attended the 2019 Milwaukee Irish Fest to showcase the new publication, Renaissance Galway. 

​Paul Walsh and Jennifer Moore of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas attended the 2019 Milwaukee Irish Fest where Renaissance Galway: delineating the seventeenth-century city by Paul Walsh was launched by Marcy Bidney (American Geographical Society Library) and Minister for the Diaspora and International Development Ciarán Cannon TD. 

Renaissance Galway  is now available to buy in Ireland. There will be a launch in Galway in October 2019. Details to be announced soon. 

Milwaukee Irish Festival

The 39th Milwaukee Irish Fest has taken place in the Henry W. Maier Festival Park, a purpose built festival ground over 75 acres with 16 stages ranging from 25,000 to 2,000 seaters for musicians and dancers. There was a cultural village with exhibitions, hedge school, Gaeltacht, theatre and a literary corner. In all, over 120,000 visitors came to Irish Fest over the four-day festival that was run by over 4,400 volunteers. 

This year Galway was the showcase with many representatives from Galway City Council and Galway 2020 who supported the Royal Irish Academy's Renaissance Galway publication. Paul Walsh delivered a lecture to the Hedge School and there was an exhibition on IHTA no. 28 Galway/Gaillimh by Jacinta Prunty and Paul Walsh. 

Visit to American Geographical Society Library

Prior to the opening ceremony of Irish Fest, we were treated to a visit to the American Geographical Society Library in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). It contains 1.3 million cartographic objects, including 11,000 atlases and maps from 1452 to the present and is the premier collection of its kind in North America.

Paul Walsh, Marcy Bidney and Marguerite Helmers at the American Geographical Society Library

Map Librarian Marcy Bidney, had a number of maps and atlases on display for us, including a fifteenth-century edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia. UWM was the home of J.B. Harley who co-founded the History of Cartography project with David Woodward in 1981. 

 

 

Galway Exhibition

An exhibition on IHTA no. 28 Galway/Gaillimh was on display in the Cultural Tent. It generated much interest among visitors to the festival and we were on hand to give further explanation on Galway, the IHTA and the Royal Irish Academy. 

Galway exhibition with Minister for the Diaspora and International Development and author Paul Walsh

 

Galway Lecture

Paul Walsh delivered a lecture ‘Renaissance Galway: the mid-seventeenth century’ to a full Hedge School marquee on Saturday 18th August. 

 

Renaissance Galway Launch

We were delighted to have both Marcy Bidney, Map Librarian, American Geographic Society Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon TD speak at the launch on Sunday 19th August where the minister thanked Paul Walsh for ‘his incredible and painstaking work in producing this extraordinary publication and to the Royal Irish Academy for this gift that will endure for decades to come’. 

Marcy Bidney, Paul Walsh and Minister Ciaran Cannon at the launch of Renaissance Galway

 

The Irish Historic Towns Atlas would like to express gratitude to the MKE Irish Fest organisers, particularly Patrick Fitzgibbons, Marguerite Helmers and Brian Witt in their assistance and hospitality with the IHTA presence at the festival.

Renaissance Galway: delineating the seventeenth-century by Paul Walsh is available to buy in Ireland. There will be a launch in Galway in October 2019. Details to be announced soon. 

Jennifer Moore

August 2019

Further images from the festival below:

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