Wednesday 8 May 2019

Drogheda gets the Irish Historic Towns Atlas treatment

The first addition in three years to the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA) series – No 29 - Drogheda, by Ned McHugh – will be published this month.
Published by Royal Irish Academy
Drogheda has a rich and varied history that has been carefully compiled by McHugh, a retired secondary school teacher with a long association with the County Louth town and port. He completed a Masters in Local History and published Drogheda before the Famine: urban poverty in the shadow of privilege 1826–45 (Dublin, 1998) as part of the Maynooth Local History Series. He has also written articles on various aspects of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Drogheda.

In preparing the Drogheda Atlas, he has trawled hundreds of sources to generate histories of thousands of topographic sites in the town. The publication (ISBN: 9781908997746; €35) will be available in large format with many historical and modern maps and illustrations in loose sheets to accompany the detailed text section.

A launch event will take place on Saturday 18 May at 3pm at the Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda, where the author will present a talk about the work. Sponsored by Louth County Council, the event is free to attend but you need to book a place via Eventbrite.

The IHTA series, a project of the Royal Irish Academy, was established in 1981. It's aim is to record the topographical development of a selection of Irish towns both large and small, and each town is published individually and includes a number of maps and detailed text. It is part of a wider European scheme, with towns atlases containing broadly similar information available for a number of countries. This allows Irish towns to be studied in their European context. You can find out more about the IHTA here.

Forthcoming titles for the series are Ballyshannon, Cahir, Carlow, Cashel, Cavan, Clonmel, Cork, Dungarvan, Loughrea, Naas, Newry, Roscommon, Tralee, Tullamore, Waterford and Westport.