Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape

Edited by F.H.A. Aalen, Kevin Whelan, and Matthew Stout

© 2010

The second edition of Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape is a magnificently illustrated, beautifully written, and thoroughly updated introduction to the hidden riches of the Irish landscape. Topics include archaeology, field and settlement patterns, houses, demesnes, villages and small towns, monuments, woodland, bogs, roads, canals, and a host of other features.

The Atlas combines superbly chosen illustrations and cartography with a text amenable to a general reader. Hundreds of maps, diagrams, photographs, and paintings present accessible information suitable for any school, college, or home. New content in the contemporary section takes into account the Celtic Tiger and explores six fresh case studies – Tory Island (Donegal), the Wicklow Uplands, Inistiogue (County Kilkenny), Aughris (County Sligo), Clonfert (County Galway), and Point Lance in Newfoundland. This second edition of the award-winning Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape continues to increase the visibility of the landscape within national heritage while establishing a proper basis for conservation and planning.

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  • Page Count: 360 pages
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This second edition of the award-winning Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape continues to increase the visibility of the landscape within national heritage while establishing a proper basis for conservation and planning.

Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape

Edited by F.H.A. Aalen, Kevin Whelan, and Matthew Stout

© 2010

The second edition of Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape is a magnificently illustrated, beautifully written, and thoroughly updated introduction to the hidden riches of the Irish landscape. Topics include archaeology, field and settlement patterns, houses, demesnes, villages and small towns, monuments, woodland, bogs, roads, canals, and a host of other features.

The Atlas combines superbly chosen illustrations and cartography with a text amenable to a general reader. Hundreds of maps, diagrams, photographs, and paintings present accessible information suitable for any school, college, or home. New content in the contemporary section takes into account the Celtic Tiger and explores six fresh case studies – Tory Island (Donegal), the Wicklow Uplands, Inistiogue (County Kilkenny), Aughris (County Sligo), Clonfert (County Galway), and Point Lance in Newfoundland. This second edition of the award-winning Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape continues to increase the visibility of the landscape within national heritage while establishing a proper basis for conservation and planning.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • North American Rights
  • Page Count: 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 9.6in x 1.5in x 12.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘The authors offer fresh insights about the Irish past and important ideas for landscape conservation and planning. There is much for every reader interested in Ireland. Essential - all levels/libraries.’
    C.W Wood Jr.
    Choice Magazine vol 49:11:2012

    ‘Users will find an abundance of information on everything Ireland here, including archaeology, farming, transportation, mining, and castles and churches… An all-around and pleasurable book to both consult in research or browse.’
    Shannon Graff Hysell
    American Reference Books Annual vol43:2012

    ‘The authors offer fresh insights about the Irish past and important ideas foe landscape conservation and planning. Ther is much for every reader interested in Ireland. Essential - all levels/libraries.’
    C.W Wood Jr.
    Choice Magazine vol 49:11:2012

    ‘Remarkable book… A rich archaeological history going back 9,000 years… This atlas sets new standard for landscape appreciation and should be required reading for any planning or environmental history course as well as policy makers.’
    Iris Morgan
    Association of Canadian Map Libraries & Archives Bulletin, vol 141:2012

    ‘Remarkable book… A rich archaeological history going back 9,000 years… This atlas sets new standard for landscape appreciation and should be required reading for any planning or environmental history course as well as policy makers.’
    Iris Morgan
    Association of Canadian Map Libraries & Archives Bulletin, vol 141:2012

    (This title received an Outstanding rating by the 2012 University Press Books committee)

    ….‘Gorgeous, useful, authoritative, updated atlas’


    Steve Norman
    University Press Books for Public & Secondary School Libraries, 2012
  • Author Information

    F.H.A. Aalen is a professor emeritus of Geography in the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin.


    Kevin Whelan, widely regarded as Ireland's most important historical geographer, teaches at Boston College, Massachussets.



    Matthew Stout, the cartographic editor, is a lecturer at Trinity College, Dublin.

  • Table of contents

    Part I: The Making of the Irish Landscape
    1. The Irish Rural Landscape: Synthesis of Habitat and History / by F. H. A. Aalen (Trinity College, Dublin)
    2. Early Landscapes: From Prehistory to Plantation / by Geraldine Stout and Matthew Stout (Trinity College, Dublin)
    3. Recovering the Hidden Landscape / by Gillian Barrett (University of Wolverhampton)
    4. The Modern Landscape: From Plantation to Present / by Kevin Whelan (University of Notre Dame, Indiana)

    Part II: Components of the Irish Landscape
    5. Raised Bogs / by John Freehan (University College, Dublin)
    6. Ardee Bog, County Louth / by G. F. Mitchell (Trinity College, Dublin)
    7. The Changing Use of Raised Bogs / by John Freehan (University College, Dublin) and Sadhbh McElveen (Trinity College, Dublin)
    8. Blanket Bogs / by Roy Tomlinson (The Queen’s University of Belfast)
    9. Forests and Woodlands / by Roy Tomlinson
    10. Fields / by F. H. A. Aalen and Kevin Whelan
    11. Buildings / by F. H. A. Aalen
    12. Towns and Villages / by Kevin Whelan
    13. Demesnes / by Terence Reeves-Smyth
    14. Communications / by James Killen (Trinity College, Dublin)
    15. Mining and Quarrying / by Colin Rynne
    16. Power Generation / by Fred Hamond
    17. Water Supply / by Fred Hamond

    Part III: The Challenge of Change
    18. Contemporary Challenge / by F. H. A. Aalen
    19. Recent Housing Change in Kilclone, County Meath / by P. J. Duffy (St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth)
    20. Field Boundaries and Landscape Change / Eilis Kennedy
    21. The Destruction of Antiquities: An Aerial View / Gillian Barrett
    22. Management of the Landscape / by F. H. A. Aalen
    23. Distribution of Protected Sites and Areas / by √úte Bohnsack

    Part IV: Regional Case Studies
    24. The Hook, County Wexford / by Billy Colfer
    25. The Lecale Peninusla, County Down / by R. H. Buchanan
    26. The Burren, County Clare / by David Drew (Trinity College, Dublin)
    27. The Bend of the Boyne, County Meath / by Geraldine Stout
    28. The Ring of Gullion, County Armagh / by Andrew Stott
    29. Connemara, County Galway / by Tim Robinson

  • Prizes

    CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title - Winner in 2012
    Outstanding Rated Title awarded by the University Press Books Committee - Winner in 2012
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