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Making a map of the past

ENNIS has firmly been put on the map with this week’s launch of the Ennis Atlas, part of the Royal Irish Academy’s Irish Historic Towns Atlas project. The Ennis Atlas is the 25th in the Irish series, part of a Europe-wide project with similar publications for over 480 European urban centres.The publication traces, for the first time ever, the development of the county town throughout the centuries.The newly-published Ennis Atlas examines the growth of the town from its early O’Brien foundation at Clonroad to the medieval town that developed around the Franciscan Friary, to its function as an early modern market and county town through to the 20th century.Over 15 early maps and old views of Ennis are presented in the book, with additional thematic maps and illustrations along with an extensive essay by local man, Brian Ó Dálaigh. “I grew up around the lanes and streets of Ennis and I never thought I’d get to know them so well,” …

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