UCC 'Atlas' wins national award

3 Jan 2018
Left to right: Donal Ó Drisceoil, UCC, Mike Murphy, UCC, Susan Daly (The, John Crowley, UCC, John Borgonovo, UCC.

The Atlas of the Irish Revolution, a book which tells the full story of Ireland’s revolutionary history from 1913 to 1923, was voted the ‘Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year’ for 2017.

The ‘Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year 2017’ was chosen by a public vote from the list of category winners announced at the recent Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards.

Published by Cork University Press, Atlas of the Irish Revolution is a definitive resource that brings to life this pivotal moment in Irish history and nation-building. It draws together existing and ongoing research into the revolutionary period in a broad-ranging and inclusive manner. It also includes contributions from leading scholars across a range of disciplines.

A chronologically and thematically organised treatment of the period, the book contains an analysis of conditions in the provinces, counties and parishes, telling the stories of particular individuals and families caught up in the events of these years. It also includes sections on the evolution of the revolution, and on its aftermath, legacy and the collective memory and cultural representation of this fascinating, transformative period of Irish history.

Atlas of the Irish Revolution from Jason A. Keane on Vimeo.

Dr John Crowley, one of the book's editors, from the Department of Geography in UCC who worked alongside Donál Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and associate editor John Borgonovo on the Atlas of the Irish Revolution said:

We are very honoured to receive this award. The 1916 centenary clearly revealed not only Irish people’s appetite for understanding their history but more importantly their place in that history. The Atlas of the Irish Revolution builds on that sense of connection and public engagement by providing new ways of seeing the revolutionary period. The 300+ maps in the atlas along with the hundreds of other images create a unique portal through which local communities can engage with pivotal events in their own history. The atlas speaks to a deep interest amongst Irish people in learning about their past and we are indeed grateful that they have supported this project in such vast numbers.

Prof Patrick O'Shea, President of UCC, expressed his pleasure at the result:

The fact that this is a public vote shows the appetite for a high-quality publication such as Atlas of the Irish Revolution, which brings together many disciplines, particularly those of history and geography.  It's exciting to see this reaction from the Irish public.

Now in its 12th year, the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards was founded to celebrate and promote Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible. Each year it brings together a huge community passionate about books – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognise and celebrate the very best of Irish writing talent.

The Awards consist of 15 categories including Novel of the Year, Children’s, Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Short Story, Poetry and the new Teen and Young Adult category.

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