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Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures investigates the biological, cultural and historical context of the south west coast of Ireland from 1700 to 1920.

The focus is on the rich maritime environment that is found along the arc of Cork’s Roaring Water Bay, from Clonakilty to Bantry Bay, as it is shaped by sea and land and as it is imagined within 18th -19th century cultural texts.

The period to be researched begins with the emergence of wide-ranging antiquarian inquiries and poetic responses to the Cork coast and ends with the start of serious biological field research in this area.

By advancing a transdisciplinary understanding of this coastline, the project forms a link between its cultural history, scientific research and environmental priorities while communicating a sense of cultural identity and fostering ownership of maritime heritage.

This project is funded by Irish Research Council New Horizons Award.  It is led by Professor Claire Connolly (School of English) and Dr. Rob McAllen (Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences).

                                                                                Deep Maps Cork project is funded by the Irish Research Council
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Cover Image: A View of the Bay of Bantry (1725). King George III Topographical Collection. © The British Library Board