Irish Historic Towns Atlas


[Royal Canal Harbour, looking south, 1818 by S.F. Brocas (NLI)]

The Irish Historic Towns Atlas project was established in 1981. The aim of the project is to record the topographical development of a selection of Irish towns both large and small. Each town is published separately as a fascicle or folder and includes a series of maps complemented by a detailed text section.

The Irish Historic Towns Atlas is part of a wider European scheme, with towns atlases containing broadly similar information available for a number of countries. Thus Irish towns can be studied in their European context. Map of European towns atlases

Walking tours of Dublin

Free walking tours by Dublin, part III, 1756 to 1847 author, Rob Goodbody and Dublin 1847 author, Frank Cullen taking place from Hodges Figgis, Dawson Street on 24, 26, 31 March and 2 April. Tours are FREE and bookings should be made in Hodges Figgis, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.


Dublin 1847:

city of the ordnance survey

Dublin 1847: city of the Ordnance Survey by Frank Cullen is an ancillary publication to IHTA no. 26, Dublin, part III, 1756 to 1847 by Rob Goodbody (published in November 2014). It contains forty-five extracts from the large-scale (1:1056) Ordnance Survey town plan of Dublin (1847) with accompanying commentaries and essay. Sites such as Aldborough House, King's Bridge railway terminus and the Meath Hospital are presented alongside distinctive areas including the North city markets district and the Grand Canal Harbour.

The book was officially launched by Senator David Norris on 3 March 2015.

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IHAI Award for Rob goodbody

The editors and staff of the IHTA wish to congratulate Dublin, part III author, Rob Goodbody, who received an Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland award, sponsored by the ESB, on Wednesday 11 February 2015 for his 'outstanding publications on many aspects of industrial heritage including his latest publication, Dublin 1756–1847 in the Irish Historic Towns Atlas series volume 26'.

LtoR: Rory Goodbody, Ingrid Goodbody, Rob Goodbody, Dermot O'Dwyer (IHAI) [photographer: Alan Murphy]

For the full IHAI press release click here.



IHTA no. 26, Dublin, part III,

1756 to 1847

The third atlas in the IHTA Dublin series has just been published. It examines one of the key growth phases of the capital that embraced Georgian development of wide streets, red-bricked terraced houses and grand mansions, as well as elaborate public architecture in the form of the Custom House, Four Courts, General Post Office and Royal Exchange (now City Hall). The atlas bridges seminal events in Irish history including the 1798 Rebellion, Act of Union, Catholic Emancipation, free national school education, industrialisation to the eve of the Famine, which can be traced through the images and text presented. Twenty-five historic and reconstruction maps are produced in large, loose-sheet format, complemented by eleven views of the city. Author Rob Goodbody brings his expertise as former planner and historic buildings consultant to this atlas, which contains historical details of over 11,000 urban sites in the accompanying text. A CD-ROM of the full contents is included.

Roddy Doyle launched Dublin, part III, 1756 to 1847 on 6 November 2014 in Academy House.

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For Roddy Doyle's launch speech click here


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