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The Mellon Centre for Migration Studies
(at the Ulster American Folk Park) will host the 16th Annual Irish
Migration Studies Lecture on Saturday 28 January from 10:30am - 2:00pm.
The topic of this year’s lecture is People on the Move: Evidence for Migration
from the Irish Historic Towns Atlas’ and the guest speaker is Dr Jacinta
Prunty who is an editorial board member of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas, a
research project of the Royal Irish Academy. She is Head of the History
Department at Maynooth University and director of the MA in Historical
The topic of Dr Prunty’s lecture will
be what these town atlases can tell us about the theme of migration in Irish
history. It will be chaired by Catherine McCullough (Head of Learning and
Partnership at the Ulster American Folk Park).
The aim of the Irish Historic Towns
Atlas project is to record the topographical development of a selection of
Irish towns both large and small. The project is part of a wider European
scheme, with town atlases containing broadly similar information available for
a number of countries. Each town is published separately as a folder and
includes a series of maps complemented by a detailed text section. To date, 28 atlases
have been published, including the following towns in Northern Ireland:
Carrickfergus (1986), Downpatrick (1997), Belfast (2003; 2007), Derry~Londonderry
(2005), and Armagh (2007).
The lecture will begin at 11:00am
(registration from 10:30am). Admission charge is £12 (£10 concession for
students, unwaged and senior citizens) which includes registration,
refreshments and lunch.
is welcome. Booking is advisable but not essential.
Contact the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies (at the Ulster American
Folk Park), Mellon Road, Omagh, BT78 5QU) on telephone: 028 8225 6315 or email: