Agriculture and settlement in Ireland

Margaret Murphy & Matthew Stout, editors

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ISBN: 978-1-84682-507-1
June 2015. 256pp; ills.

Published in association with the Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement and the Agricultural History Society of Ireland, this book explores the relationship between Irish settlement and agricultural practice from the Neolithic to the eighteenth century. The types of farming that took place in any particular period of Irish history had a powerful impact on the development of settlement. Interdisciplinary studies in this volume address key periods to illustrate that process: from the spread of Neolithic pastoralism, the very basis of farming on this island; through the medieval focus on tillage, which gave rise to manorial villages and granges; to the eighteenth-century agricultural revolution and the impact that had on urban and rural landscapes.

Contributors: Michael Carey (Coillte Teo), Jim Collins (UCD), L.M. Cullen (TCD), Patrick Cunningham (TCD), Raymond Gillespie (MU), Tim Gleeson (Teagasc), Tony Leavy (Teagasc), Eileen Murphy (Teagasc), Margaret Murphy (Carlow College), Brendan Riordan (ind.), Katharine Simms (TCD), Geraldine Stout (Archaeological Survey of Ireland), Matthew Stout (St Pat's, DCU).

Margaret Murphy is a history lecturer in Carlow College and has published on various aspects of the social, economic and ecclesiastical history of the later Middle Ages. Matthew Stout is a history lecturer in St Pat’s, Dublin City University, and has published on various aspects of early medieval settlement and the Irish landscape.