An Historical, Environmental and Cultural Atlas of County Donegal

An Historical, Environmental and Cultural Atlas of County Donegal

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This atlas consists of around ninety articles from over fifty contributors covering a wide range of topics that are central to the cultural and natural heritage of Donegal. While the county has received a considerable degree of attention from historians and archaeologists in the past, there has been no one major work to bring together the great diversity of material written about the county's history, landscapes and people. After decades of neglect and indeed misrepresentation this atlas seeks to literally put Donegal on the map of contemporary Ireland. Contributors are drawn from a wide range of academic disciplines and interests. They include established authors and academics, as well as competent local scholars whose work merits publication. The editors, who have also contributed very substantially to the volume, have sought to 'raise the bar' in regional studies in order to set a high standard of scholarship, and writing, to make this a volume that will be consulted by those interested in the history and heritage of the county for many years to come. Thus contributions range from short pieces of 1500 words, to specialised chapters of 7000-10000 words.
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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 638 pages
  • 244 x 304 x 48mm | 3,339.95g
  • Cork University Press
  • Cork, Ireland
  • English
  • 1859184944
  • 9781859184943
  • 296,411

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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 RadioTelefis Eireann. THIS UNIQUE VOLUME has been conceived and written in the true spirit of the great eighteenth-century encyclopaedists. The editors have marshalled a formidable cohort of specialists and talented writers to produce a book characterised by a remarkable range and depth, replete with chapters which are learned and at the same time accessible. Surely, no county in Ireland has ever been provided with such a sumptuously illustrated, comprehensive, enlightening, up-to-date and absorbing survey as this Donegal Atlas. Jonathan Bardon, author of A History of Ulster, The Plantation of Ulster and A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes. THIS IS A LANDMARK BOOK. Beautifully illustrated, accessible and expertly edited, it covers the history, geography, culture and everything else about Donegal from the earliest times to the present day, with a range of references and authority never before attempted. If you only read one book on Donegal, this has to be it. Tom Devine is Personal Senior Research Professor of History and Director of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Edinburgh. SO FAR, the twenty-first century has not been that kind to Donegal. Could this remarkable account of the county's natural and human evolution mark a small turning point in its fortunes? It is a reference work that is likely to become a benchmark for understanding this quintessential corner of Ireland well into the future. Replete with maps, photos and illustrations from the ancient to the ultramodern, the cycles of change that have formed the county over millennia are explained in texts of consistently high quality. The editors, with their painstaking approach, have pulled off a minor triumph with a book destined to have an enduring appeal. Tom Gallagher, Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Bradford. THIS COLLECTION OF ESSAYS by more than fifty scholars and cultural figures introduces readers to the unique physical landscape, unfolding historical narrative, and cultural richness of County Donegal, a place previously perhaps more often imagined than known by outsiders. The variety of subjects treated - the shaping of the land by the ice age, the flight of the earls, the relationship with the sea, tourism and travel, and local traditions in music, art, architecture, language, and literature, among many others - and the range of disciplinary perspectives deployed make this a work of intellectual wonder and fascinating engagement for academic and lay readers alike. Following the appearance from Cork University Press of the Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape and the Atlas of the Great Irish Famine, this publication maintains the distinguished research standards and high production values associated with those works but also suggests that scholarship in Irish cultural geography broadly defined is now experiencing an exceptional flowering. By evoking the natural and cultural heritage of County Donegal, and the manner in which its people have been uniquely shaped by landscape and history, this magnificent atlas recasts how a distinct region should be viewed in the context of both historical and contemporary Ireland. Professor Michael Kenneally Research Chair in Canadian Irish Studies, School of Canadian Irish Studies, Concordia University, Montreal THIS ATLAS OFFERS rich insights into the history of Donegal and tells the story of the human-nature relations that have shaped the landscape, culture, social life and economic history of the county over the centuries. The use of maps, drawings, paintings and photographs shows us how landscapes, nature and human activity have evolved in this region. This work also shows how places here have been formed through the operation of a variety of competing gazes, viewpoints and practices. I can highly recommend this book to a wide readership outside as well as inside of academia. Dr Karoline Daugstad, Department of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. THE DONEGAL ATLAS is a mighty book that is full of answers to all those unanswerable questions that get so frequently thrown at us by children and visitors, or merely by other people who like ourselves are enthusiastic but woefully ignorant about the land around us. This atlas appears to have it all, from the Stone Age to the present time, from well before St Colmcille to Daniel O'Donnell. There are well-written and ordered sections on rocks, farmlands, parliamentary bills, famous and infamous men and women, animals, fish and birds and much more. It is lavishly illustrated with maps, diagrams, photographs and paintings. Altogether a great book to have around. Jennifer Johnston, Novelist.
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Table of contents

Section 1 INTRODUCTION: DONEGAL: DYNAMICS OF THE HUMAN LANDSCAPE Jim Mac Laughlin and Sean Beattie Section 2 PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT, WILDLIFE AND CLIMATE The Geological Evolution of County Donegal Paul J. Gibson The Glacial History of Donegal Paul Dunlop The Donegal Coastline Andrew Cooper The Climate and Weather of County Donegal Kieran Hickey Donegal Natural History, Wildlife Habitats and the Living Landscape Jim Mac Laughlin Plants, Moths and Butterflies of Donegal Ralph Sheppard Whales and Dolphins in Offshore Waters of Donegal Michael Mc Laughlin Donegal The Diversity of Bird life Jim Mac Laughlin The Golden Eagles of Donegal Lorcan O'Toole Section 3 PREHISTORY AND THE PRE-COLONIAL PERIOD Prehistoric Archaeology of Donegal: c. 7000 BC to c. AD 500 Brian Lacey The Political Geography of Donegal, AD 500 - 800 Brian Lacey Beltany Mary Harte Dynastic Conflict in Medieval Donegal, AD 800 - 1400 Tomas G. O Canainn Social and Economic Change in Coastal Donegal, 900 - 1650 Jim Mac Laughlin The Principality of Tir Chonaill in the early Sixteenth Century Darren MacEiteagain Spanish Armada Wrecks off the Donegal Coastline Caoimhinn Barr Section 4 DISLOCATION AND TRANSFORMATION From Gaelic Outpost to Colonial Society Donegal and the Plantation of Ulster Annaleigh Margey The Flight of the Earls Sean Beattie Donegal's Presbyterians: The Ulster Scots Connection Carol Baraniuk and Frank Ferguson Rundale and Social Revolution in Nineteenth Century Donegal James Anderson Social and Economic Links between Derry and Donegal in Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century Robert Gavin Donegal The History of Coastal and Sea Fisheries Jim Mac Laughlin Social Conditions, Gweedore in the 1830s and 1840s George Hill Social Change in Glencolumbkille in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries Vincent Tucker South Donegal on the eve of the Great Famine Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Hall Memorial of Patrick M'Kye, Gweedore, to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 1837 The Great Famine in Donegal Sean Beattie The Trail of Tears: Donegal Involvement in the Demise of the American Indian Donal Campbell A Famine Diary from Fanad Peninsula Hugh Dorian The Estate System of Landholding in County Donegal Martina O'Donnell Testimonies Given at the Devon Commission, July, 1844 on landholding and the state of agriculture in County Donegal The Hiring Fair System in Donegal Sean Beattie A Letter from New York Donegal: The Emigrant Nursery and the Global Economy Jim Mac Laughlin Migration in Donegal History, 1607 - 2007 Patrick Fitzgerald John Doherty - Social Reformer, Trade Unionist, and Working Class Journalist, 1798 - 1854 Jim Mac Laughlin The Migration Story of Mici Mac Gabhann, 1865 - 1948 Brian Lambkin Letters from Reverend J.L. McHenry, Church of Ireland Curate of Culdaff to his Mother, Mrs. Margaret McHenry, Draperstown, County Derry Inishtrahull: 'The Isle of Ships' Sean Beattie Donegal Poitin Aiden Manning Section 5 THE MAKING OF MODERN DONEGAL Conservative Nationalist Rule in Donegal, 1880 - 1921 Jim Mac Laughlin Donegal and the War of Independence Liam O'Duibhir Donegal and the Civil War Liam O'Duibhir Perceptions of a Northern County Donegal, 1550 - 1900 Jim Mac Laughlin A Donegal Chaplain's Account of Conditions at the Frontline During World War I Canon Padraig Mac Giolla Cheara Donegal: The Scottish Connection Joe Bradley The Arranmore Disaster Peadar O'Donnell The Donegal Corridor Anthony Begley Historical Aspects of Farming in Donegal Jonathan Bell and Mervyn Watson Donegal Division and Change in Modern Agriculture Tony Varley Towns and Villages in Donegal Jim Mac Laughlin Donegal Women in History Helen Meehan Harry Percival Swan Sean Beattie Donegal Railways Frank Sweeney A Life on the Rocks Donal O'Sullivan Section 6 CULTURAL TRADITIONS, MUSIC AND SPORT The Lace Schools of County Donegal, 1880 - 1920 Sean Beattie The Irish Language and Population Change in Donegal in the Nineteenth Century Roise Ni Bhaoill The Hills of Donegal The Vernacular Boats of County Donegal Donal Mac Polin Donegal: Makers, Songs and Singers Lillis O Laoire Trathnona Beag Areir 'Maire' The Traditional Music of Donegal Caoimhin Mac Aodh History of Food and Diet in Donegal Sean Beattie The Development of the GAA and Soccer in County Donegal Conor Curran Rory Gallagher (1948 - 1995) Jim Mac Laughlin and Marcus Connaughton Daniel O'Donnell Singer and Performer Ellen Barr Section 7 ART, LITERATURE AND ARCHITECTURE Carndonagh Frank Mc Guinness In a Town of Five Thousand People Frank Mc Guinness Derek Hill: The Donegal Connection Denise Ferran Donegal: A Painter's Retreat Brian Ferran Laochra Litriochta Rann Na Feirste Nollaig Mac Congail Charles Macklin, (c.1690 - 1797), Playwright and Actor Nuala McAllister Hart Patrick Mac Gill (1890 - 1963): Working Class Novelist and Poet Jim Mac Laughlin Sense of Place in the Life and Works of Peadar O'Donnell Donal O'Drisceoil Anseo ag Staisiun Chaiseal na gCorr Cathal O Searcaigh 'Nil Contae Nios Deise - ' The Sense of Place in the Work of Donegal Writers (1893 - 1986) Sean McMahon Glenties Abu! Brian Friel's Donegal Frank Shovlin Hope and Heritage: County Donegal Historical Society Sean Beattie The Dynamic World of Donegal Newspapers Sean Feeney The Architecture of Liam McCormick in County Donegal Paul Larmour St. Eunan's Cathedral, Letterkenny Rev. Padraig O Baoighill Modern Architecture in County Donegal Marianne O'Kane Boal Donegal: Planning and the Planned Environment Brendan O'Sullivan
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About Jim Maclaughlin

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. Sean Beattie is editor of the Donegal Annual, the journal of County Donegal Historical Society, and a graduate of University College Dublin and Ulster University. 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.
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