‘The Buildings and landscape of the Plantation of Laois and Offaly is the subject of a lecture in Tullamore next week organised by the Offaly History Society..
The Plantation of Leix and Offaly was a colonial venture sponsored by the English Government in Ireland. The aim of the plantation was to turn the Gaelic Lordships of
Uí Laois and Uí Fáilghe into the shires of Queen’s County and King’s County. The Plantation involved a bewildering variety of existing and new buildings adapted to serve s defensible farmsteads: these included Anglo-Norman castles, timber castles, tower houses, converted churches and monasteries, new plantation castles, and moated sites.
The Plantation also involved small villages, and crucially, two towns arranged around a central fort. Reconstruction of the plantation landscape can be difficult; fortunately there exist three splendid maps of the midlands, a virtual aerial photograph of the landscape in 1563. This talk will discuss some of the results of the author’s 2009 MLittt thesis into the buildings of the Leix and Offaly Plantations, and also his ongoing research into contemporary maps with Prof. Rolf Loeber.
The meeting will be addressed by Máirtín D’Alton is a Dublin based architect. on Monday 25th March at 8pm in the Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay Tullamore Admission: Members €2 Non-members €5
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