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dc.contributor.authorMcDonough, Ciaran
dc.identifier.citationMcDonough, Ciaran. (2019). Folk belief and landscape in Connacht: accounts from the Ordnance Survey letters. Folk Life, 57(1), 56-69. doi: 10.1080/04308778.2019.1592933en_IE
dc.description.abstractThe Ordnance Survey of Ireland, carried out in the early-nineteenth century, was not just the process of mapping and collecting place names for translation as it is frequently depicted. The director of the Ordnance Survey, Sir Thomas Colby, decided to also use the Survey to carry out statistical, antiquarian, and geological surveys. The results of this trigonometrical survey include the so-called Ordnance Survey Memoirs and the Ordnance Survey Letters. Both sources provide valuable information about life in Ireland in the 1830s and early 1840s. Focusing in particular on the province of Connacht, this article argues that the Ordnance Survey Letters should be considered an important source of information about folklore and folk beliefs which were still extant or had been until shortly before the Survey visited the locality. This essay examines how, in a period of change and decline, the Ordnance Survey wrote local cultural heritage and identity onto the landscape.en_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipn earlier version of this paper was presented at the Island Dynamics conference on ‘Folk Belief’ & ‘The Supernatural in Literature and Film’ in Svalbard in 2017 and I would like to thank the organizers and participants of the conference for their feedback and suggestions. I would like to express my gratitude to Lillis Ó Laoire, the staff of Special Collections at the James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway, and to the anonymous peer-reviewers for their help and suggestions.
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofFolklife: a Journal of Ethnological Studiesen
dc.subjectFolk beliefen_IE
dc.subjectordnance surveyen_IE
dc.subjectplace namesen_IE
dc.titleFolk belief and landscape in Connacht: accounts from the Ordnance Survey lettersen_IE
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