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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, Town and Country: Perspectives 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

13:00 Thursday 6 May 2021

‘Monastic tenants, Viking raiders and Hiberno-Norse Towns People’

Howard Clarke and Ruth Johnson

13:00 Thursday 13 May 2021

‘Town and country in later Medieval Ireland’

Michael Potterton, Jim Galloway and Margaret Murphy

13:00 Thursday 20 May 2021

‘Lawyers, merchants and peasants: town and country interaction in early modern Ireland’

Raymond Gillespie and Brendan Scott

13:00 Thursday 27 May 2021

‘Dublin Suburbs in Modern Ireland’

Ruth McManus, Frank Cullen and Seamás Ó Maitiú, introduced by Colm Lennon

19:00 Thursday 27 May 2021 Plenary

‘Why should historians also study the countryside?’

Chris Dyer

*Register for the 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.

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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