Meath History and Society
Francis Ludlow and Arlene Crampsie (Eds).
William Nolan (Series Editor)
Publication date: December 2015
This is the twenty forth volume in the acclaimed History and Society series.
This volume, in mobilising such a broad team of committed researchers, makes a major contribution to the restoration and enhancement of the heritage of Meath. Above all, it has the capacity to release the inspirational and creative resources of our heritage. As we embark upon the decade of commemorations, we recall that it was such a renewed cultural vision which energised those who forged modern Irish cultural identity and eventually established Irish sovereignty. For those leaders, like Eoghan O’Growney of Athboy, our heritage and tradition operated as a stimulus and an inspiration, rather than as a barrier. Now the scholarly and creative response to Meath’s rich legacy orchestrated in Meath History and Society helps realise for our own times that generous national vision. Níor chaill lucht an mhisnigh ariamh é.
Chapter 1 TARA: A PLACE FOR ALL IRELAND
by A.P. Smyth
Chapter 2 THE PHYSICAL ENDOWMENT OF COUNTY MEATH
by Robert Meehan
Chapter 3 MEATH IN PREHISTORY: FROM FIRST SETTLERS TO THE DAWN OF CHRISTIANITY
by Steve Davis
Chapter 4 GEORGE PETRIE’S ESSAY ON THE HILL OF TARA
by Michael Herity
Chapter 5 LITERATURE AND LEARNING IN EARLY MEDIEVAL MEATH
by Clodagh Downey
Chapter 6 MÁEL SECHNAILL MÓR, MIDE AND THE HIGH-KINGSHIP OF IRELAND
by Eoin O’Flynn
Chapter 7 UPWARD MOBILITY AND SEIGNEURIAL RESIDENCES IN LATE MEDIEVAL MEATH
by A.S.K. Abraham
Chapter 8 HUGH DE LACY’S LEGACY
by Noel French
Chapter 9 A FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP? BISHOP EDWARD STAPLES AND THE REFORMATION IN MEATH 1529-1554
by Brendan Scott
Chapter 10 WAR AND SOCIETY IN COUNTY MEATH 1641-1654
by Annaleigh Margey
Chapter 11 THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT OF LATE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY COUNTY MEATH - AS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF THE TRUSTEES’ SURVEYORS OF 1700
by Arnold Horner and Rolf Loeber
Chapter 12 THE BOYNE REVISITED
by Pádraig Lenihan
Chapter 13 FORGING IRISH CULTURAL IDENTITY: THE SCHOLAR-POETS OF MEATH AND THEIR INFLUENCE
by Séamus Mac Gabhann
Chapter 14 ASPECTS OF CONTINUITY AND CHANGE IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY COUNTRY HOUSE DEMESNE IN MEATH
by Kevin V. Mulligan
Chapter 15 THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NAPER ESTATE DURING THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
by Una Palcic
Chapter 16 REVOLUTIONARY MEATH 1791-1798
by Ruan O’Donnell
Chapter 17 CHURCH OF IRELAND PARISH AND CHURCH IN THE DIOCESE OF MEATH IN THE EIGHTEENTH AND NINETEENTH CENTURIES
by Michael O’Neill
Chapter 18 NATURAL AND HUMAN LANDSCAPES OF COUNTY MEATH: A PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY
by Brianán Ludlow and Francis Ludlow
Chapter 19 THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CLERGY AND POLITICS DURING THE EPISCOPACY OF JOHN CANTWELL, 1830-1866
By Paul Connell
Chapter 20 THE IRISH LANGUAGE IN COUNTY MEATH, 1700-1900
by Lesa Ní Mhunghaile
Chapter 21 THE POWER OF LIFE AND DEATH: THE ROLE OF THE WORKHOUSE DURING THE FAMINE IN COUNTY MEATH
by Rachel Barrett
Chapter 22 A LOVELY WILDERNESS OF GRASS: THE GRAZIERS OF RURAL MEATH BEFORE THE GREAT WAR
by Jim Gilligan
Chapter 23 RICHARD T. BLAKE AND THE GAA: VILLAIN OR HERO?
by James Caffrey
Chapter 24 THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE IN COUNTY MEATH, 1916-1921
by Ultan Courtney
Chapter 25 A SHORT-LIVED EXPERIMENT IN LOCAL DEMOCRACY: THE RURAL DISTRICT COUNCILS OF MEATH, 1898-1925
by Arlene Crampsie
Chapter 26 FROM SICKLE TO SINGLE PAYMENT: ASPECTS OF AGRICULTURE IN COUNTY MEATH SINCE 1899
by John McCullen
Chapter 27 LIKE THE END OF A BEAUTIFUL WORLD: ECO-CRITICAL PERCEPTIONS OF LANDSCAPE IN THE WRITINGS OF FRANCIS LEDWIDGE AND LORD DUNSANY
by Charlie Travis
Chapter 28 JIM CONNELL (1852-1929): MEATHMAN AND AUTHOR OF THE RED FLAG
by Danny Cusack
Chapter 29 THE MIGRATION POLICY OF THE IRISH LAND COMMISSION IN COUNTY MEATH: THEORY AND PRACTICE
by William Nolan
Chapter 30 HOUSING THE PEOPLE: PUBLIC HOUSING IN MEATH’S TOWNS, 1890-1939
by Peter Connell
Chapter 31 TRANSPORT AND LAND USE PLANNING IN CONTEMPORARY MEATH
by Enda Murphy and Linda Fox-Rogers
Chapter 32 NAMING THE LAND: MAPPING THE MEATH FIELD NAMES PROJECT
by Joan Mullen and Francis Ludlow
Chapter 33 POLITICAL CULTURE IN CONTEMPORARY MEATH, 1977 TO 2010
by Thomas M. Wilson
Chapter 34 MEATH: TOWARDS A HISTORY OF SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHIES
by Tom French and Frances Tallon
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