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Rural settlement and cultural identity in Gaelic Ireland, 1000-1500

Rural settlement and cultural identity in Gaelic Ireland, 1000-1500

By Tadhg O’Keeffe

Ruralia, Vol.1 (1996)

Abstract: This paper is an exploration of the processes and patterns of settlement in Gaelic Ireland in the first half of the present millennium. A number of themes are discussed: continuity of settlement type from the pre-Viking period, the changes in landscape organisation in the aftermath of the Vikings and their significance, and the origin of the tower-house, the small private castle that was popular among Gaelic families.

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