The Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape 2nd edition is now published. The first edition was published in 1997 and went on to sell over 22 000 copies. This new edition contains at least one-third of new content including 500 new maps and photographs. The contemporary section has been completely rewritten to take account of the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger.
The Atlas of Irish Rural Landscape is a highly illustrated large format book and has a pioneering 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, railways, mills, mines, farmsteads, handball alleys, 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, paintings allow the Atlas to present a mass of scholarly information in an accessible way, suitable for any school, college or home. The Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape also has a significant practical dimension. It increases the visibility of the landscape within national heritage and establishes a proper basis for conservation and planning. It explores contemporary changes resulting from the Celtic Tiger, and proposes how to implement necessary change in sympathy with inherited landscape character.
F.H.A. Aalen is Emeritus Professor of Geography at Trinity College Dublin, Kevin Whelan is Director of the Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre in Dublin and Matthew Stout is a lecturer in the Department of History, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.