River Liffey - History and Heritage
River Liffey Author Comes Blessington Library
‘The River Liffey History and Heritage’ is a recent publication from Collins Press by Christopher Moriarty. In this book Christopher imparts a lifetime of knowledge following an extensive academic and professional career studying the river.Sweeping and authoritative but also personal, this wide-ranging study breaks new ground in bringing together every aspect of a single river, from its place in literature to its role in industry. Beginning at its source high in the Wicklow Mountains, we are guided through the geology that shapes the river and in turn influences the agriculture and industry of the valley. As the Liffey descends to the lowlands, we explore the wealth of beautiful public parks and gardens, before providing an architectural history of the urban area of the Liffey, explaining how the development of the quays was inspired by the layout of 17th century Paris. When the Liffey meets the sea, it forms the safe haven that led the Norsemen to found the seaport which grew into the vibrant city of Dublin. The production of this book was supported by the Heritage Offices of Wicklow, Kildare and South Dublin County Council’s as part of the River Liffey Heritage Recording Project. This initiative is part of the ongoing programme of the County Wicklow Heritage Plan 2017-22.
Author Christopher Moriarty will give a presentation on the River Liffey in Wicklow in Blessington Library on Thursday 29th November at 7 pm . All are welcome. The book is on sale from Collins Press and local bookshops for €24.99.