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Coastal Atlas of Ireland wins Best Irish Published Book of the Year

24 Nov 2021

The Coastal Atlas of Ireland has won Best Irish Published Book of the Year 2021. Best Irish-published award was set up to reward the excellence of native publishing and submitted titles must emanate from an Irish-based publishing house, with the public asked to vote on a shortlist of titles.

Published by Cork University Press, organised into six sections, comprising a total of 33 chapters, with 950 pages The Coastal Atlas of Ireland is a comprehensive and authoritative tribute to Ireland’s spectacular coast. With contributions from over one hundred scholars and experts in a range of diverse fields, from geography to biology to archaeology, geology, and history, the Atlas is the only single publication to explore the coast of Ireland as a whole, from both the physical and social perspectives.

Edited by Robert Devoy, Val Cummins, Barry Brunt, Darius Bartlett & Sarah Kandrot, the atlas presents views of the island’s coastal future: where will the coast and its people be in 2200, or even next year, and what will its different landscapes look like. It features hundreds of original maps and beautiful illustrations, carefully selected to bring the text to life. The Atlas examines the importance of the coastal zone to Ireland across a range of themes, including tourism and recreation, fishing, aquaculture, energy, ports and linked industries. It explores these themes across both space and time, from the impacts of Quaternary glaciation on the Irish landscape to the future impacts of climate warming on coastal communities and Irish society. Visually stunning, accessible and an academic tour de force, the Atlas will resonate with everybody who has a connection to Ireland and anybody with an interest in coasts.

The Coastal Atlas of Ireland forms the twelfth, and the latest, in the now nationally and internationally acclaimed series of Atlases published by Cork University Press. Previous winners of this Best Irish Published Book of the Year were The Atlas of the Irish Revolution and The Atlas of the Great Irish Famine.

Mike Collins, Publications Director, Cork University Press, stated “Cork University Press is delighted and honoured to win the prestigious Best Irish Published Book of the Year 2021 award especially as it was by a public vote. The award is an acknowledgement of the continuing success of the Cork University Press Atlas series which brings together in an accessible and highly visual format various aspects of Irish life and culture to our readers.

Commenting the President of UCC, Professor John O’Halloran stated:

"This is terrific recognition of an outstanding publication. The Atlas series at UCC continues its award-winning nature for its ability to make learning both accessible and engaging. The book is a wonderful blend of knowledge about the past and potential impacts in the future for our coasts, coastal habitats and communities".

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