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Ireland’s First Cities – Courtyard Talk with David Dickson

Friday, September 17, 2021

Join us this Culture Night for a special talk with writer David Dickson, outside the Methodist Church across from Highlanes Gallery, Friday September 17th, 7:00pm to 7:30pm.

Presented for Culture Night and as part of our current exhibition CITY.

Author of The First Irish Cities, David Dickson’s latest published work is a pioneering account of Irish cities and their remarkable development in the pre-industrial age.

Although seen as a ‘backword’ island on the periphery of Europe in 1600, Ireland soon developed in unique ways. Her port cities in particular grew in size and significance: by 1750 Dublin had become Europe’s fourteenth largest city, on a par with Berlin.

But despite this period of immense growth and cultural transformation, the emergence of Ireland’s cities and their wider significance have long been overlooked.

David Dickson traces the emergence of the largest Irish urban centres during this period of exceptional development. Focusing on ten cities between the mid-seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries – he explores the underlying patterns in their physical, social and cultural evolution and looks at how these relate to the complex legacies of a violent past.

Beautifully illustrated, this account reveals both the distinctive nature of Ireland’s cities and, through the Irish diaspora, how influential they would become beyond the country’s shores.

Book your place below;
Ireland’s First Cities – Courtyard Talk with David Dickson

The Date: Friday 17 September 7pm to 7:30pm.

The Location: Outdoors at the (former) Methodist Church (directly across from Highlanes Gallery)

The Deal: This talk is free, but numbers limited for booking.

The Ask: If you book and find you can’t attend please dial the gallery on 041-9803311 as soon as you know, so your place(s) can be released.

The Suggestion: If planning to be early, why not book for our outdoor music session with Sean Faulkner, running from 5pm to 8pm, or book into our onsite café Five Good Things Culture Night cullinary taste feast…at 7.30pm

And don’t forget: An umbrella – raincoat

  • Type: Exhibition
  • Time: September 17, 2021 - 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Venue:Free
  • Duration:30min