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Town and Country: Perspectives from the Irish Historic Towns Atlas


Thursday, May 6, 2021, 13:00 - Thursday, May 27, 2021, 20:30


Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2


Free Registration

This year's annual seminar from the Irish Historic Towns Atlas will take place online over each Thursday lunchtime throughout May 2021 with the plenary taking place on the final Thursday evening.


With some notable exceptions, the historic relationships between urban centres in Ireland and their rural hinterlands have received surprisingly little attention. Towns and the countryside have long been viewed as entirely separate entities having little in common with one another. As centres of administration, education, entertainment, finance, healthcare, industry, justice, religion and trade, towns had to be supplied and sustained by a variety of hinterlands providing food, fuel, labour, raw materials and customers for craft goods and imported wares. The 2021 IHTA seminar will explore the nature and evolution of town–country relationships in Ireland through the ages, a field just now beginning to receive the attention it deserves.

Convened by the Irish Historic Towns Atlas in collaboration with the British Historic Towns Atlas/Historic Towns Trust and Dublin City Council.

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Seminar Series

Seminar series programme
Date Session Speakers Link
6.5.2021 'Monastic tenants, Viking raiders and Hiberno-Norse townspeople' Howard Clarke and Ruth Johnson watch here
13.5.2021 'Town and country in later medieval Ireland' Michael Potterton, Jim Galloway and Margaret Murphy watch here
20.5.2021 'Lawyers, merchants and peasants: town and country interaction in early modern Ireland' Raymond Gillespie and Brendan Scott watch here
27.5.2021 'From outlying villages to townships: Dublin suburbs in the nineteenth century' Ruth McManus, Seamás Ó Maitiú, Frank Cullen, introduced by Colm Lennon watch here
27.5.2021 ‘Medieval towns: Why we need to take account of the country’ Chris Dyer, chaired by Keith Lilley watch here

*Register for the full seminar here.

*Only one booking is required for the series. You will receive the link to each online lecture the day before they are due to take place.

To Attend each session

The link for the Teams Live event will be circulated to registered attendees on Wednesday and one hour before the session starts on Thursday. If you have not attended a Teams Live event before, you can watch from a web browser such as Chrome.  You do not need to download the application or sign in to Teams to attend the session. 

When you click on the link, take the following steps to attend: 


Cover image: View of Armagh, looking west, 1863, by W.H. Unger (Armagh County Museum, Trustees of the National Museums Northern Ireland).

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