Field Excursion

The conference field excursion will take place on Saturday 12 May

Places are limited, so please register online by 27 April to ensure your participation. 

Changing landscapes in Maynooth and its hinterland

Led by: Professor Paddy Duffy

Date: Saturday 12 May
Time: 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Cost: €10 waged/€5 unwaged (payable at registration)

This afternoon’s fieldtrip will examine the landscape history of Maynooth and its hinterland in north county Kildare and south Meath. The dominant theme is the transformation from a small eighteenth-century estate village with a distinctive morphology to a sprawling commuter town on the western edge of the Dublin metropolis. Commencing with an overview of the settlement as recorded in John Rocque’s map of 1757 (on view in Rhetoric House), we will consider developments from the late 1960s and early 1970s as the town was gradually engulfed by the city. Beyond the town we will focus on the changing face of the Georgian landscape of Carton, as well as the legacies of Land Commission migrations and the impacts of commuter settlements on the fieldscapes and road networks of north Kildare and south Meath.