Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland

Space and Settlement in Medieval IrelandTo celebrate the launch of ‘Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland‘, a new publication by Four Courts Press, I have one copy of the book to give away (see below for entry details). The book launch will take place next week on Thursday 19 November in the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 and all are welcome to attend. Some more details can be found on Four Court’s website, while RSVP’s can be made to

Based on the proceedings of an annual conference held at Trinity College, Dublin, ‘Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland‘ contains a fascinating selection of papers which embrace the disciplines of history, geography and archaeology.

The papers include

Lothlind by Benjamin Hudson

The Normans and the Irish Sea world in the era of the Battle of Clontarf by Patrick Wadden

Studying early medieval Irish urbanization: problems and possibilities by Rebecca Wall Forrestal

Fleets, forts and the geography of Toirdelbach Ua Conchobair’s bid for the high-kingship by Mary Valante

On the edge of the colony: Overk and the Carlow Corridor by Linda Shine

The spatial dynamic of the Irish tower house hall by Rory Sherlock

The tower houses of Co. Down: stylistic similarity, functional difference by Gillian Eadie

The death of the tower house? An examination of the decline of the Irish castle tradition by Vicky McAlister

Deer parks: lost medieval monuments of the Irish countryside by Fiona Beglane

The economic hinterland of Drogheda in the later Middle Ages by James A. Galloway

Reconstructing battlefield landscapes by Damian Shiels


Competition:  The good folks at Four Courts Press have very kindly offered a copy of their new publication,’Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland‘, as a prize in Irish’s latest competition. To enter just leave a comment below (all comments have to be moderated so it might take an hour or two for them to appear). I’ll then pick a winner out of a hat (closing date for entries is 6 pm on Friday 13th of November, the winner will be notified on Saturday the 14th of November).

118 Responses to Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland

  1. mairead mclaughlin November 11, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    I’d love a copy Colm and its my birthday at the weekend 🙂

  2. Brí Greene November 11, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

    Fantastic! Library needs another book please.

  3. Denis November 11, 2015 at 5:52 pm #

    Best of luck with the launch!

  4. Jana Boardman November 11, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

    My mom’s family is Irish and my oldest daughter is studying history at university. What a great Christmas gift this would make!

  5. Fairlie Gordon November 11, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

    I would love a copy, sounds like a great book

  6. Dennis C. McGrath November 11, 2015 at 5:54 pm #

    Please put my name in the hat, thanks!

  7. Philip mcgovern November 11, 2015 at 5:54 pm #

    El commento!!!!
    Sounds like a fab book, love this period of history, got it all@

  8. Catharina November 11, 2015 at 5:54 pm #

    Sounds like a very interesting book!

  9. Donald Gilliland November 11, 2015 at 5:54 pm #

    Wish there were a paper on crannogs as they fit into the wider landscape included, but would love to read what’s there!

  10. John November 11, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    What she said. Birthday.

  11. Fiona Collins November 11, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    Looks brilliant! Definitely would love one.

  12. Seamus O Murchu November 11, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

    Thanks for the opportunity

  13. SA_Avenger November 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

    Thx for running the contest. Looks quite interesting.

  14. mike o'driscoll November 11, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

    Looks like a great read

  15. Kathy Dowdall November 11, 2015 at 6:03 pm #

    I’ve spent the last 15 years of my career studying cultural landscapes in California. I keep up on the literature globally, especially Ireland. Looking forward to reading this book.

  16. Ian November 11, 2015 at 6:03 pm #

    Can my wife (who’s doing an archaeology degree) have a copy please?

  17. Elizabeth Kite November 11, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

    Here’s hoping this contest is international! *crosses fingers*

  18. Ned Kinsella November 11, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    Looks like a fascinating book.

  19. Erin Bursley November 11, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    Sounds like a fascinating read. Thank you for opportunity.

  20. e keoghan November 11, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    Please enter me for prize

  21. Scott Cross November 11, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    This looks like some very interesting topics.

  22. Linda Lynch November 11, 2015 at 6:13 pm #

    Would love a copy! Can definitely find a space for it 🙂

  23. Donogh McCarthy November 11, 2015 at 6:14 pm #

    Looks like a fascinating mix of articles – looking forward to seeing it

  24. Laura Magnier November 11, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

    I’d like to enter the competition, please.

  25. Ash November 11, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

    Sounds like a great read! Would love a copy, especially since Ireland is where I want to end up working. Thank you for the contest!

  26. Jim Shealy November 11, 2015 at 6:22 pm #

    I just know I would enjoy reading this book.

  27. Elizabeth Jones November 11, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    As someone who majored in history so many years ago, who has taken on line archaeology courses and history of Ireland courses, and a family history researcher of my Irish family, I would LOVE to have a copy of this book. It looks to be a fascinating read. Please put my name in the hat for the draw.

  28. Margaret Farrell November 11, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

    My husband , 2nd generation Irish, just became a citizen and he is so proud!! Would be a great birthday gift for him in the upcoming month

    We just returned from a 14-day trip to Ireland. Our 3rd in 3 years!

    Best regards,
    Margaret Keyes Farrell

  29. Fiona Dodd November 11, 2015 at 6:31 pm #

    Would really like to read this book especially the paper on the deerparks as we have a local one in Curranar in Foxford

  30. Andrea D November 11, 2015 at 6:34 pm #

    Would LOVVVEEEEEE one 🙂 Fingers Crossed

  31. Gary Marron November 11, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

    Looks like a fascinating book, a free copy would be gratefully accepted.

  32. Tom Hodgers November 11, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

    Hi all.

    Yet another great publication about life in medieval Ireland. My favourite topic is life in Norman times!

  33. Emily Terrell November 11, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

    Sounds like an excellent read!

  34. Yvonne M November 11, 2015 at 6:54 pm #


  35. Gail Tangney November 11, 2015 at 6:54 pm #

    Would absolutely love this book and would share with my sister who would also love it. Roadtrippinarchaeologysearchinghistorylovinkerrywomen

  36. Pauline Scarborough November 11, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

    That book would settle very nicely into my space

  37. Silvia L November 11, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    I’d love a copy of the book. It looks really interesting. 🙂

  38. Jill November 11, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    The book looks fantastic! I’m fascinated by the medieval period in Irish history and the books contents sound really interesting, especially the discussions of the tower houses. I’m in the U.S. so I don’t know if that disqualifies me but I’d love to also review the book on my website, Wild for Ireland.

  39. Jerome O'flaherty November 11, 2015 at 7:01 pm #

    I love reading about medieval Ireland so this book sounds fantastic

  40. Jennie November 11, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

    I just finished grad school and I’m suffering withdrawal. Give me something to read!

  41. Colette Ruigrok November 11, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

    Would love a copy of this for my family and I to enjoy, we spend most weekends visiting and exploring historical Irish sites. This book would be a fantastic companion of knowledge to enjoy along the way 🙂

  42. Alison boland November 11, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

    Would love a copy! 🙂 best of luck with the launch

  43. SusieK November 11, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

    Hi. I’m intrigued enough to buy my own.ta.

  44. Peggy von Burkleo November 11, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

    Sounds like a fascinating read!

  45. C Stevens November 11, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

    I’d love a copy! So excited to see another great sounding publication about this era!

  46. Alison Mcdonald November 11, 2015 at 7:20 pm #

    Would love a copy of this!

  47. Tamlyn McHugh November 11, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

    I would love that book, looks really interesting.

  48. Kenny Wennborg November 11, 2015 at 7:32 pm #

    I would like that book and the chance to learn more about Ireland’s history.

  49. kat davis November 11, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

    This looks like a great book, since I am a anthropology major.

  50. Níall Garahy November 11, 2015 at 8:10 pm #


  51. Christine Melia November 11, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

    I would love a copy please

  52. Serge Vandenberghe November 11, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

    Next issue could be space and appartments in contemporary Ireland!

  53. Mags Mannion November 11, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

    I think you’ll have a difficult enough job selecting a winner from the previous replies so I’m just going to wish you good luck

  54. Sarah November 11, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    Just what I need!
    Best of luck with the book!

  55. Katie Kearns November 11, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

    Gimme gimme gimme!!! 😀

  56. Kerry Reidy November 11, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

    Why should I be considered to win this new book, well since relocating to Iceland from Australia, it is hard to get good material to read. This book may just have a key answer to why I have settled here.

  57. Ally November 11, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

    Just finished my thesis on the phenomenology of landscape. Must have this book as it looks incredible.

  58. Liam Mitchell November 11, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    i’d love a copy, looks like a great read!

  59. Tony Brierton November 11, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

    Best of luck with the book…..can’take wait to get a copy of if, one way or the other!

  60. Finbar O Mahony November 11, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

    This is a fascinating range of papers that can add to the knowledge of anyone interested in getting to know the changing landscapes of the island of Ireland and the historical and social influences that shaped them. I would love to have it.

  61. Peter Ceren November 11, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

    Wonderful, this looks like it fills in some big holes in the information available in the field.

  62. Paul Nolan November 11, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    Would make me very happy to win a copy

  63. Patrick Brady November 11, 2015 at 9:51 pm #

    I love the site, it informs my holiday trips home. I’d love the book too.

  64. Carmel Flynn-smyth November 11, 2015 at 9:59 pm #

    Would love to win a copy of this book.

  65. m counihan November 11, 2015 at 10:08 pm #

    Yes please, count me in.

  66. claudia meyer November 11, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

    Me too!

  67. Thomas Kavanagh November 11, 2015 at 10:15 pm #

    I gave all my books to the Comanche Nation College, and now my bookshelves are empty; they need refilling.

  68. russ gilman-hunt November 11, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

    Would love a copy of this book. Both the articles on urbanization and the ones on tower houses sound fascinating!

  69. Angela Boyce November 11, 2015 at 10:32 pm #

    Would love this. What about that Toirdelbach?

  70. Thurston November 11, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

    Looks good love Four Courts

  71. J.Schroeter November 11, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

    I would very much like to have a copy.

  72. Brian O'Shaughnessy November 11, 2015 at 11:12 pm #

    Super range of topics. Looking forward to getting my hands on this one.

  73. Janice Steele November 11, 2015 at 11:25 pm #

    Studying for my Degree at DKit, archaeology is one of the subjects I am studying, Would love this book

  74. Leia D. November 11, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

    I would love a copy of this! Fingers crossed!

  75. Ruairi November 11, 2015 at 11:32 pm #

    I would love a copy. I live in Peru and cannot buy anything new

  76. Shane O'Meara November 12, 2015 at 12:15 am #

    Looks like a great read!

  77. Jeremiah November 12, 2015 at 12:43 am #

    Miss, le do thoil!

  78. Aindriú Ó Ciardha November 12, 2015 at 1:01 am #

    Looks fascinating! Hope the launch goes very well.

  79. Eric G November 12, 2015 at 2:08 am #

    Can Canadians enter? If so, please consider this my entry!

  80. Amy K. Marshall November 12, 2015 at 3:12 am #

    I would LOVE a copy of this…. And November 16th is my birthday (for real). I would even spring for shipping to the US, and, even if I don’t win, could you tell me how to order the book and would you be interested in a review and blog interview? Thanks!

  81. Allison Argy-Burgess November 12, 2015 at 3:54 am #

    I would love to win this amazing book — Irish History is my passion. (hope Canadians can enter)

  82. Mike O'Toole November 12, 2015 at 5:49 am #

    Would enjoy a copy, thanks for the opportunity.

  83. Jim Reid November 12, 2015 at 8:12 am #

    Would make a lovely early christmas present to myself 🙂

  84. Ali Isaac November 12, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    What a beautiful cover this book has! It has quite a fantasy, mythological feel about it. I’m sure it will make for fascinating reading.

  85. Conor Brady November 12, 2015 at 10:00 am #

    Looks like a great publication. I will definitely have to get a copy one way or another!

  86. John Brennan November 12, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    Sounds like an interesting read, something to pass the long winter evenings.

  87. Andrew Fahey November 12, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    Count me in!

  88. James Lucey November 12, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    I would love to add this book to my library.

  89. James O'Dowd November 12, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    Sounds like a good read, very interested in medieval Ireland!

  90. Martina Williams November 12, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    I would love to add this to my library!

  91. Luke McInerney November 12, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    I’d love a copy, not least because this Sunday the 15th is my birthday and also because I am in the middle of writing a detailed paper on the settlement of the Gaelic learned class in late medieval times. This book would therefore be most helpful!

  92. Lenore Case November 12, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

    I would love to have this book!! All my life I’ve been fasinated with the history of Ireland 🙂

  93. John Gorentz November 12, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    I’d be glad to have a copy. Maybe it would help me think of some bicycle destinations on my next visit in the spring.

  94. Tanya November 12, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

    Looking forward to reading the book!

  95. Sheila November 12, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    I guess this is as good as any reason to thank you for the blog. I am an Irish descendant living in Atlantic, Canada with a passion for Irish history and archaeology. This blog feeds my hunger for facts and the interesting stories uncovered in the earth, fuel my imagination to work out my roots and family stories. The book looks like a fabulous read with so many interesting articles. Thank you for the work you do.

  96. L. O'Connor November 12, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    Greetings from Canada and the Irish Diaspora…would love a copy! Best wishes on the book launch!

  97. Patricia Foley November 12, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

    Being of Irish decent I’m always curious of how we became “Irish” When the people migrated across Europe why did we settle on that blessed isle and make it home? Curious to read this book for any new information ok thanks!!!

  98. Ide Holden November 12, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

    Especially interested in urbanization, Carlow corridor and death of the tower house. Had to Google lothlind…

  99. Colin Glancy November 12, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

    I would love this book. It looks very interesting.

  100. Walt Socha November 12, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

    My second book (out next year) takes place in southern Ireland (the Dingle and Iveragh peninsulas) in the 11th century. This book sounds like a great reference!

  101. Nick November 12, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

    Good evening, I once knew someone who was Medieval or so he told me…I’d like to check out some of the facts.

    Thanking you in anticipation.


  102. E O Donnell November 12, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    I think a copy in Battle Creek, M.I, USA would be great. Give it to John Gorentz !

  103. Iain ó Draighnáin November 12, 2015 at 7:18 pm #

    Cool I’d love to have a read of this.

  104. Aine November 12, 2015 at 7:49 pm #

    Count me in too.

  105. Joanne Kearns November 12, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    Me please 👌

  106. Laura Joyce Moriarty November 12, 2015 at 9:05 pm #

    I would love a copy. I’ve written about ancient Ireland, and from the twentieth century forward, but never about the Middle Ages. I would love to be enlightened. Thank you.

  107. Jane O'Dea November 12, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

    Would love a copy. Looks like another great book. Would love to add this to our Medieval Irish Re-enactment group’s library in Australia.

  108. Tim November 12, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

    Looks good, some very interesting essays in there!

  109. Carolyn Lee McNamee November 13, 2015 at 4:16 am #

    Sounds amazing, hope to make the launch!

  110. Brian Curragh November 13, 2015 at 7:06 am #

    Some great research in there – just a shame I can’t make the launch!

  111. Louise November 13, 2015 at 8:52 am #

    Looks an interesting publication worth a read.

  112. Tom Gleeson November 13, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    Just finished TB Barry’s Archaeology of Medieval Ireland, need more of the same …

  113. Maeve November 13, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    This looks like a really good “view” of the period judging by the “cover”!

  114. Graeme Ward November 13, 2015 at 3:57 pm #


    Sounds a good read, please put me name in the draw.


    Graeme Ward

  115. Derek Gallagher November 16, 2015 at 12:03 am #

    Looks like a great read.

  116. Eimear Ging November 16, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

    Good luck with the launch and thanks for the chance to enter the draw.

  117. Gerald November 19, 2015 at 11:28 pm #

    Hi please send the book to County Down! I am a long time lover of ancient Ireland

  118. Graham Kelly November 24, 2015 at 5:22 pm #

    Looks like a read and a half – something in there for everybody…..

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