April 19, 2021
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Firmly on the map: New digital interactive atlas of county Waterford town through history unveiled

An interactive and digital atlas of a historic Waterford town is to be launched today as part of National Heritage Week.

This new digital atlas and interactive map of Dungarvan will allow users explore the urban heritage of the West Waterford fishing and market town.

The project is a part of the ‘Heritage to your doorstep’ innovation led by Waterford City and County Council and Royal Irish Academy.

The Digital Atlas of Dungarvan is based on research and cartography carried out for the forthcoming Royal Irish Academy publication — Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA) by John Martin and is available at http://www.ria.ie/digital-atlas-dungarvan.

Heritage Officer for Waterford City and County Council, Bernadette Guest explains that Dungarvan has a fascinating built heritage including the Anglo-Norman castle and Augustinian abbey in Abbeyside, as well as the walls that defended Dungarvan in medieval and early modern times now lying beneath the surface, replaced in the early nineteenth-century by Grattan Square.

“As we look to preparing a new Development Plan for Waterford City and County in 2020 the launch of the Historic Towns Atlas for Dungarvan reminds us of the importance of understanding the evolution of a townscape and the influences of land management and human input to the social and economic fabric of an urban area.

“Thanks to the Royal Irish Academy and the wonderful research and dedication of John Martin we now have a rich compendium on Dungarvan that will provide a fantastic learning resource for anyone interested in local history, urban development and our built and cultural heritage,” Ms Martin concluded.

The Dungarvan atlas is being launched as part of National Heritage Week.



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