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Irish Country Towns (Thomas Davis Lecture) [Paperback]

Anngret Simms , J.H. Andrews
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Oct 1994 Thomas Davis Lecture
Ireland is a country of small towns, most of which have fewer than 5000 inhabitants. This book deals with the origin, development and character of selected towns in Ireland, North and South. Each of these places tells the story of its townspeople through the layout of its streets and the choice of its street-names, its public buildings, and the larger and smaller houses of merchants and artisans. The book is based on the RTE radio series. Included are - Kells, Downpatrick, Carrickfergus, Maynooth, Enniscarthy, Bandon, Lurgan, Ennistymon, Castlecomer, Bray, Sligo, Athlone, Dungarvan and Mullingar.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Mercier Press Ltd (Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856350886
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856350884
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Set of tightly written essays. 4 July 2011
Thomas Davis lectures, a magnificent tradition broadcast weekly during the winter on our flagship Radio channel. This edition contains the story of urban development in Ireland, each an 'urbs' in the provinces, and there is a second volume which was delivered separately. Ireland"s towns date mainly since plantation times, i.e. post 1650. These are a fascinating set of stories, contrasting well with similar histories of towns and cities in England. The info contained in these lectures, written to be delivered each in 45 minutes, offers knowledge it would be difficult to find anywhere else, in one volume.
Each writer is an expert on the history of his/her particular town/city. There are excellent historical maps, and I for one, was delighted to purchase a copy of this particular series.
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