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05.10.2021, 18:30 P.M.

"Prodigious growth": The transformation of Irish cities in the eighteenth century by Professor David Dickson

The appearance of large urban centres in Ireland was late by west European standards, but all that changed in the long eighteenth century. Dublin and Cork were first and the western ports of Galway and Sligo last in a long expansionary cycle involving at least ten centres. There were some common elements evident in every city, and some marked differences. But what were the drivers of growth, and who were the chief agents who brought it all about?

David Dickson is Professor Emeritus of Modern History in Trinity College Dublin and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published extensively on Irish social and economic history, and his books include The First Irish Cities: An Eighteenth-Century Transformation (New Haven & London, 2021); Dublin: The making of a capital city (London, 2014); Old world colony: Cork and South Munster 1630-1830 (Cork, 2005); New foundations: Ireland 1660-1800 (rev. ed., Dublin, 2000); and Arctic Ireland... (Belfast, 1997).

Image: William Hincks’s Perspective view of the Linen Hall in Dublin (1783)

This pre-recorded Zoom talk will be issued at 6.30pm on Tuesday 5th October and will be available to watch for seven day from issue. Talks cannot be reissued after the seven day period.

This talk is the introductory talk for the Irish Cities in the Georgian Era: architecture and urban morphology series.

Supported by the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage.

Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage



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