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