Dr Ruth McManus (DCU) has recently been appointed to the Board of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas as one of two new honorary editors, the other being Dr Jonathan Wright (History, MU). She follows in the footsteps of distinguished geographers Professor Anngret Simms and Dr Jacinta Prunty. The IHTA project, established in 1981 as one of the research projects of the Royal Irish Academy, records the topographical development of Irish towns. It is part of a wider European scheme, with towns atlases containing broadly similar information available for different countries, thereby facilitating international comparative research. In addition to the printed fascicles, digital versions of the atlases and ancillary publications including books, maps and a suburbs series, are also available. These provide a significant resource for research and teaching purposes
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