Martin McGuinness will launch An Historical, Environmental and Cultural Atlas of County Donegal in Letterkenny on Saturday 7th September 2013. Martin and his family have a long association with County Donegal. His mother Peggy was from outside Buncrana. He spent part of his childhood and later time in the early Seventies living in Donegal.
THIS IS A WONDERFUL BOOK. The breadth of material and disciplines covered
is incredible. An extraordinarily comprehensive review offering context, insight
and history – all illuminating the lives of communities past and present.
Challenging, provocative and revealing by turn, this wonderful atlas adds
nuance and subtlety to a story we might have thought we knew-Bob Collins, Chairman of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Former Director-General of RadioTelefís Éireann.
After decades of neglect and indeed misrepresentation this atlas seeks to
literally put Donegal on the map of contemporary Ireland. This is the first
major work to bring together the great diversity of material written about the
county’s history, landscapes and people.- An Historical, Environmental and
Cultural Atlas of County Donegal, ISBN 978-1-85918-494-3, Hardback, €59, £49,
299 x 237mm, 638pp, Cork University Press.
This richly illustrated atlas also has a very strong heritage focus in that
the historic, archaeological, natural landscapes and the built environment of
the county are treated as powerful elements of Donegal’s cultural heritage.
Thus topics include historic and recent emigration, Gaelic language and
literature, musical traditions, the marine environment, fishing and the coastal
economy, textile industries, the history of tourism and travel, art and
architecture, Ulster Scots and Donegal’s Presbyterian community, material
culture, farming, the history of rail, newspapers, sport, the natural and
physical landscape and urban-rural relations.
Detailed contents list at:
Editors: Jim MacLaughlin is an author and political geographer who has written
extensively on a wide range of topics, including the politics of state
formation and nation-building, the history of academic disciplines, historical
and contemporary emigration, ethnic separatism, racism and, most recently, the
history of Ireland’s sea fisheries. He worked in the Geography Department at
Seán Beattie is editor of the Donegal Annual, the journal of County Donegal
Historical Society, and a graduate of University College Dublin and the
University of Ulster. He has published several books on the history of Donegal
and completed his doctorate on the impact of the Congested Districts Board on
Donegal. In 2012, NUI Galway conferred an honorary degree on him in recognition
of his contribution to historical research.