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Rhythms and Identity in Boyne Valley Landscapes

O'Reilly, Gerry (2004) Rhythms and Identity in Boyne Valley Landscapes. In: Mels, Tom, (ed.) Reanimating Places: A Geography of Rhythms. Routledge. ISBN 9781138275331

Rhythms, identity and landscapes are explored traveling through the Boyne Valley, Ireland, while 150 student voices comment on experiences there. Students interpret sustainability in terms of perceived cultural continuity, nature and seasonality, and millennia of human activity mirrored in landscapes. The Valley is home to thriving agricultural communities, people employed in tourism, mining, industry and daily commuters. Contemporary dwellings nestle, and daily rhythms interact, amongst Neolithic chambers, Celtic earthworks and monastic settlements (5th–15th centuries), estate parklands (18th–19th centuries) and symbolic battle locations. Pentimento – reappearances from the past protrude on the landscapes. Historical events documented in stone and manuscripts, enhance legends and myths passed on to the cultural rhythms of each generation. Just as power brokers in the past shaped the landscape, the state is putting its imprint buying symbolic areas in the creation of Irish heritage. Student’s sense of place, historical landscape continuity and identity come to the fore with a certain topophelia. At the end of the journey, questionnaire/interviews given by geography students reflect their experiences there.
Item Type:Book Section
Subjects:Humanities > Culture
Social Sciences > Education
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of History and Geography
Official URL:https://www.routledge.com/Reanimating-Places-A-Geo...
Copyright Information:Author
ID Code:30135
Deposited On:05 Jul 2024 11:01 by Gordon Kennedy . Last Modified 05 Jul 2024 11:01

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