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The Iveragh Peninsula: A Cultural Atlas of the Ring of Kerry
The Iveragh Peninsula: A Cultural Atlas of the Ring of Kerry

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Authors: John Crowley and John Sheehan
Affiliation: University College Cork
Publication Year: Hardback 2009
Pages: 512
Size: 299 x 237mm

ISBN: 9781859184301


The Iveragh Peninsula, often referred to as the 'Ring of Kerry', is one of Ireland's most dramatic and beautiful landscapes. This cultural atlas, comprising over fifty individual chapters and case studies, provides the reader with a broad range of perspectives on the peninsula and the human interactions with it since prehistoric times to the present day.

Although not a conventional atlas, it contains many historic and newly commissioned maps. It also combines many different approaches towards understanding the distinctive character – both physical and human - of this unique landscape.

The opening chapters explore the physical and environmental setting of the peninsula. Subsequent chapters deal with its development over the millennia and the influences that have shaped it. All aspects of Iveragh's past and present are considered, using the evidence of disciplines such as archaeology, art-history, cartography, folklore, geography, geology, history, mythology and zoology. The range of topics that arise from this approach is tremendously wide, and occasionally surprising.

Given its status as a peninsula projecting into the Atlantic, the history and culture of the Iveragh Peninsula have been moulded by external influences as well as by regional and national ones. Its story is multi-layered, involving the imprint of mythological as well as historic settlers and invaders. The peninsula has witnessed significant periods of transition, perhaps none more so than in the present era. This book seeks to deepen and illuminate our understanding of its landscape, history and heritage.

I Landscape
The Geology of the Iveragh Peninsula
The Devonian Tetrapod Trackway on Valentia Island
Kerry Geopark: An Aspiring European Geopark
The Physical Landscape of the Iveragh Peninsula
Iveragh's Coast and Mountains
Man, Animals and the Environment in Iveragh
A Selection of Iveragh's Flora
Birds of the Iveragh Peninsula
The Mountains of Iveragh: A Personal Journey
Iveragh's Mountain Pilgrimages
Landscape, Myth and Imagination in Iveragh
The Toponymy of the Peninsula of Uíbh Ráthach
An Archaic Dimension in the Toponymy of Uíbh Ráthach
The Early Ecclesiastical Toponymy of Uíbh Ráthach

II Early Iveragh
Prehistory: Settlement and Ritual in Iveragh
Rock Art
The Derrynane Horn
Miss Butler's Iveragh Watercolours
Early Medieval Iveragh, ad 400–1200
Illaunloughan: An Early Iveragh Monastery and its Shrine
Fíonán of Iveragh
Skellig Michael: Monastic Island Retreat in the Atlantic
Skellig Michael: The German Connection
St Michael's Well and Skellig Michael
The Vikings and Iveragh
Medieval Iveragh: Kingdoms and Dynasties
Ballycarbery Castle
The 'Conquest' of the Iveragh Peninsula: Mapping and Surveying, c.1598–c.1700
William Petty and the Iveragh Peninsula – Three Mysteries
Powell's 1764 Map of Nedeen

III Historic Iveragh
Alexander Nimmo and the Mapping of Iveragh, 1811–12
Alexander Nimmo (1783-1832)
Daniel O'Connell and Iveragh
Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill
O'Connell and France
The Great Famine in Iveragh
Kenmare Lace
The Lansdowne Estate in Iveragh under the Agency of William Steuart Trench
Kenmare: Origins and Development
Derreen: A Landlord's Garden
The Eviction of Cable O'Leary
Connecting South Kerry
The Kingdom in the Wires: The North Atlantic Telegraph Cables on the Iveragh Peninsula
Valentia Island
The Fight for Independence in Iveragh, 1914–22
John Golden – An Iveragh Fenian
Tourism and the Ring: Past and Present

IV Cultural Traditions
The Food Culture Of The Iveragh Peninsula
The Sporting Heritage Of Iveragh
Waterville Golf Links
Songs And Music Of The Iveragh Peninsula
Ole M͸rk Sandvik's Visit To Iveragh
Uíbh Ráthach And The Irish Language
Tomás Rua Ó Súilleabháin
An Iveragh Writer Of Our Time
Uíbh Ráthach And The Evolution Of Irish Folklore
The Iveragh Seine Boat
Puck Fair, Killorglin

V Contemporary Iveragh
Contemporary Economic Development In Iveragh
Peat And Energy Production
Demographic Change On The Iveragh Peninsula, 1926–2006
Iveragh's Uplands: Farming And Society
Contemporary Change And Planning In The Iveragh Landscape

VI Representing Iveragh
Jack B. Yeats And Iveragh
Paul Henry's Iveragh Paintings
The Kerry School Of Painting, 1971–90
Pauline Bewick: Painting Iveragh
The Cill Rialaigh Project

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5 of 5 This book is more than the cultural atlas of its February 4, 2011
Reviewer: Emeritus Professor of Geography Robin Glasscock from Republic of Ireland  
This book is more than the  cultural atlas  of its subtitle. Insomuch as it covers almost all aspects of the geography and history of the Iveragh Peninsula  it is nearer to a regional monograph in the old tradition of French geography. It is substantial not only in terms of its format and size  it weighs in at 3kg  but in the range of its content and the quality of its illustration. The joint editors have managed to weave together over 50 contributions from recognized experts in their fields  into a coherent  interdisciplinary  scholarly and very readable account. This could not have been achieved without support from institutions  University College Cork  the ordnance Survey and the National Tourism Development Authority among them  and the large number of individuals listed in the Acknowledgements.    Throughout  the quality of maps and illustration is outstanding. Endnotes are useful for further references and there is a comprehensive index. John Crowley  geographer  and John Sheehan  archaeologist  both at University College Cork  are to be congratulated along with their cartographic editor  Mike Murphy  the University Press and its printers in Spain on producing a fine book. It is a worthy successor to the earlier writings on the area of  among others  Robert Lloyd Praeger  Frank Mitchell and Estyn Evans  and it deepens our understanding of the landscape  history and heritage of this distinctive corner of Atlantic Europe.

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5 of 5 This book is a celebration of the famed Ring of Ke July 22, 2010
Reviewer: CHOICE current reviews for Academic Libraries from Republic of Ireland  
This book is a celebration of the famed Ring of Kerry in southwest Ireland from prehistoric times to the present. The use and range of illustrative material makes this book a visual delight. Recommended for all libraries supporting Irish Studies

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5 of 5 Iveragh A Cultural Atlas of the Ring of Kerry is February 9, 2010
Reviewer: Australian Journal of Irish Studies from Republic of Ireland  
Iveragh  A Cultural Atlas of the Ring of Kerry  is in effect a follow up to The Iveragh Peninsula: An Archaeological Survey  published in 1998 also by Cork University Press. Both books study Ireland s largest peninsula  which extends out in to the Atlantic Ocean far enough to make it the westernmost point of Europe  and which constitutes one element of the county of Kerry. The Archaeological Survey was a big thorough book  documenting in text  image and diagram  almost field by field  Iveragh s extraordinarily rich inheritance of material remains of past settlement. Now in 2009 we have The Iveragh Peninsula: A Cultural Atlas of the Ring of Kerry  courtesy of State  institutional and private financial backing. It is a truly wonderful 512 page book  beautiful  and quite heavy  to hold  to feel and to look at  and greatly rewarding to read.

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5 of 5 Cork University Press has a long and glorious hist December 4, 2009
Reviewer: Tintean The Australian Irish Heritage Network from Republic of Ireland  
Cork University Press has a long and glorious history of documenting the parish and the county  and this book is perhaps the apogee of such enterprises. It looks like a very handsome coffee table book  it is much more. It is a very digestible summary of research on every aspect of the physical topography  social and cultural life of the Iveragh Peninsula in West Munster.

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5 of 5 The Iveragh Peninsula A cultural atlas of the Ri November 17, 2009
Reviewer: Frank Lewis Saturday Supplement Radio Kerry from Republic of Ireland  
The Iveragh Peninsula   A cultural atlas of the Ring of Kerry is a very beautiful and hugely informative publication . It is a treasure and a reservoir for anybody remotely interested in Kerry. Over 500 pages .it includes hundreds of photographs .. over 90 new maps as well as historic maps  some never published before. This publication should be in every house and it should be read in every house. It should be an integral part of the syllabus at primary  secondary and third level. Dozens of copies should be in every branch and mobile library in the area.  It is essential reading for all economic  social and cultural activity.       Frank Lewis  Saturday Supplement  Radio Kerry 14th November  09

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