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Colonial appropriation of Gaelic urban space: creating the first Ulster plantation town

Cherry, Jonathan (2007) Colonial appropriation of Gaelic urban space: creating the first Ulster plantation town. Irish Geography, 40 (2). pp. 112-127. ISSN 1939-4055

Using a diverse range of source material this paper highlights the colonial appropriation of the existing Gaelic market town of Cavan, founded by the O'Reillys, in the establishment of the first Ulster plantation town. In contrast to what may be expected, a reading of the socio-economic, political and cultural landscape of the newly incorporated town of Cavan in the early years of the 17th century, highlights the dominant position and important civic role played by families of Gaelic origins in the governance of the town. Unlike other plantation towns Cavan town remained 'unplanned' in its morphological layout with the colonisers utilising and modifying the existing Gaelic urban fabric. The decision by English colonial powers to use the pre-existing urban settlement of Cavan town led to success for the colonial project on paper. Unlike other Ulster plantation towns, it also uniquely permitted the retention of a strong and distinct Gaelic presence and character which manifested itself in both the population and space of the town during the early decades of the 17th century
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gaelic Towns; colonial urbanisation; Ulster plantation towns; historical geography
Subjects:Humanities > History
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of History and Geography
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00750770709555891
Copyright Information:© 2007 Geographical Society of Ireland. This is an electronic version of an article published in Irish Geography and is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00750770709555891
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:21473
Deposited On:10 Nov 2016 13:26 by Thomas Murtagh . Last Modified 19 Jul 2018 15:09

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