The Digital Atlas of Dungarvan is based on research and cartography carried out for the forthcoming Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA), no. 30, Dungarvan/Dún Garbhán by John Martin. The Digital Atlas has been created by the IHTA team using ArcGIS Online.
Ordnance Survey Ireland have given permission to use their historical map layers; these are overlaid with three further historical town plans. Information on over 640 sites has been inputted as point data so users can view sites according to theme (e.g. manufacturing) and filter by date (e.g. sites from 1700 to 1800).
Dungarvan has a fascinating built heritage. Well known to locals and visitors are the fine Anglo-Norman castle and Augustinian abbey in Abbeyside. But there is also the invisible heritage — the walls that defended Dungarvan in the seventeenth century now lying beneath the surface and the former street layout replaced in the early nineteenth-century by Grattan Square.
Having worked on the IHTA for Dungarvan, the organisers were aware of the depth of information that had been compiled since 2012.
When lockdown happened, printing was deferred, and the organisers shifted energy into presenting the atlas online, in a way that would allow a wide range of people to access and appreciate new aspects of Dungarvan’s townscape, past and present.
The story of the town is told brilliantly ‘on the ground’ in the local museum — we wanted to build on that by bringing the heritage of Dungarvan to everyone’s doorstep, in the town itself and beyond.