His­tory brought to life in the stroke of a pen as Bantry colour­ful her­itage mapped out by artist

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Eoin English

A stun­ning new map is set to bring the her­itage and his­tory of one of Cork’s most his­toric towns to life.

The His­toric Town Map of Bantry is the lat­est in a se­ries of spe­cial maps pro­duced by Cork County Coun­cil. It fol­lows pub­li­ca­tion of sim­i­lar maps of Ban­don, Kin­sale and Dun­man­way last year.

The maps are de­signed to fa­cil­i­tate self-guided tours of the towns’ key her­itage build­ings and fea­tures.

Each map is beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated with the unique build­ings in each town, along with a brief out­line of the his­tory of the towns and some of its fa­mous char­ac­ters.

The maps are avail­able in a com­pact for­mat that can be eas­ily car­ried and folded.

Cork County Coun­cil said they were de­lighted that Cork artist Rhoda Cronin-Al­lanic agreed to help pre­pare, pro­duce, and il­lus­trate the maps.

“Rhoda is a very tal­ented artist and has a deep un­der­stand­ing of ar­chae­ol­ogy and his­tory,” a spokesper­son said.

“Her uniquely il­lus­trated de­signs are self-ev­i­dent and are the cul­mi­na­tion of many hours spent iden­ti­fy­ing and re­search­ing the wealth of his­tory in our West Cork towns and sub­se­quently por­tray­ing this knowl­edge in a user­friendly and in­ter­est­ing fash­ion.”

The Bantry map high­lights ar­eas of in­ter­est in­clud­ing Bantry House, the statue of Bren­dan the Nav­i­ga­tor, Black­rock Ter­race as well as old churches and monas­tic sites.

It also in­cludes a panel on Wolfe Tone and the 1796 French Ar­mada, as well as pan­els of fa­mous his­toric fig­ures with con­nec­tions to the town. They in­clude:

Ellen Hutchins, who was born in Bal­lylickey in 1785. Buried in Gar­ryvur­cha, she was renowned as Ire­land’s first fe­male botanist.

Tim Healy, who was born in Bantry in 1855 and who was ap­pointed first gov­er­nor gen­eral of the Ir­ish Free State.

Cap­tain Fran­cis O’Neill, who was born in Tral­ibane, near Bantry in 1848, and who em­i­grated to the US where he be­came Chief of Po­lice in Chicago from 1901 to 1905.

All the maps are avail­able in the lo­cal tourist of­fices and her­itage cen­tres or they can be down­loaded from the Cork County web­site www.vis­it­cork­county.com.

The wealth of Bantry’s his­tory and some of its fa­mous char­ac­ters, fea­tures in artist Rhoda Cronin-Al­lanic’s new map of the town.

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