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Daniel O’Mahony

Project Title: The Deserted Town of Newtown Jerpoint, Co. Kilkenny, and its Hinterland

Overview: This project aims to construct a comprehensive account of the deserted medieval settlement of Newtown, Jerpoint, Co. Kilkenny from its founding in the early 13th century to its eventual abandonment in the mid 1600’s. The study of the towns topographical development will be informed by new data gained using remote sensing and geophysical surveying. The resulting narrative will apprise readers of how our predecessors interacted with the rural landscape through the course of several centuries amidst changing social, political and economic circumstances. Also, the process of understanding why the town became deserted may yield insights analogous to modern issues of depopulation and unemployment that affected rural towns with particular severity during the recent recession.

Originally from Waterford, I’ve lived in South Kilkenny since 2009 where I run a small farm. When I’m not researching or mending fences I like to build and paint models and tinker with small engines

Programme Area: Archaeology, Landscape History, Agri-Tourism

Supervisors: Stuart Green, Prof. Tadhg O'Keeffe and Dr. Rob Sands

Location: UCD

Funding Source: Teagasc and The Heritage Council