Launch of the History books on Medieval Dublin

On Tuesday 21st November at 5.30pm. in the Pearse Lyons Distillery, James’s Street, Dublin 8, Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath, Mícheál Mac Donncha will launch two new books on the history of medieval Dublin.
 
‘The Abbey of St. Thomas the Martyr’ written by Aine Foley, tells the story of the medieval abbey founded in 1177 on behalf of Henry II the then king of England. Established outside the walls of Dublin, it played a vital role in the development of the town’s western suburbs. Though no physical remains of the abbey survive above ground today, it is remembered in the name of the street close to where it once stood on Thomas Street.
 
This book is one of key outcomes of a larger collaborative project between the City Councils South Central Area Department and the Archaeology Section of the Planning & Property Development Department that began in 2015. The project aim was to raise awareness of the history and archaeology of this important Medieval Royal Abbey, which shaped the Liberties throughout the Middle Ages and afterwards.
 
This book was published in-house by the Archaeology Section of Dublin City Council.
 
Medieval Dublin XVI – Proceedings of Clontarf 1014-2014: edited by Seán Duffy, is a volume of essays and sheds new light on the role of the Vikings in medieval Ireland.
The volume contains the proceedings of a national conference held in Trinity College in 2014 marking the millennium of the battle of Clontarf, one of the landmark events in Irish history. The book was edited by Séan Duffy, a professor of medieval history at Trinity College Dublin.
 
Journalists may request copies of both books for review from: archaeology@dublincity.ie
 
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Notes to the Editor:
‘The Abbey of St. Thomas the Martyr’ is aimed at a general reader and is highly illustrated in colour to great effect. Members of the public can purchase this book through Dublin City Council Libraries and Dublinia.
 
Medieval Dublin XVI – Proceedings of Clontarf 1014-2014 is available to purchase via Four Courts Press – www.fourcourtspress.ie
 

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