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Tour WexfordThe Hook Peninsula, County Wexford (Irish Rural Landscape S.) Tour Wexford. This lavishly illustrated volume examines the environmental and historical influences that contributed to the development of the rich natural and cultural landscapes on the Hook peninsula, county Wexford. The diverse elements of the modern landscape and its inhabitants are identified, analysed and placed in their historical context. The protection and preservation of the inherited landscape is also discussed.

The Hook Peninsula succeeds Newgrange and the Bend of the Boyne in the Irish Rural Landscapes series, an offshoot of the internationally successful Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape. This case-study explores the rich landscape of the compact and highly distinctive Hook peninsula in south-west county Wexford and places its layered archaeological legacy in an historical context. The Hook forms the eastern boundary of Waterford Harbour, the gateway to south-east Ireland. Because of its strategic nature, the harbour has played a central role in Irish history and this is reflected in the physical remains around its shores. This book connects these remains in the Hook peninsula with the historical record and places the local story into a wider narrative. The origins of present-day families are also discussed. By using a wide range of maps, colour photographs (many of them aerial) prints and illustrations, the gradual evolution of the cultural landscape from earliest times to the present day is traced. The need for modern developments to appreciate and respect the inherited environment, and to conserve it for future generations, is also examined.

A History of County WexfordA History of County Wexford County Wexford lies in the south eastern corner of Ireland. It is bounded to the west by the River Barrow and the Blackstairs Mountains, to the north by the Wicklow Mountains and by the sea on the other two sides. The River Slaney flows diagonally through the centre, dividing the county north and south. Nicholas Furlong traces the history of the county from earth's early Christian settlements through its Norman colonisation and the uncertainties of the Elizabethan and Cromwellian periods through the great rising of 1798 and the institutional revival of Catholicism in the nineteenth century, which was particularly focused on this part of the country. In the twentieth century he emphasises the continuing prosperity of the county; its sporting and cultural revival in the 1950s with the Opera Festival and the legendary hurling team of that era; and its continuing importance as a holiday resort and transport hub..

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