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The next lecture in our Winter Lecture Series 2014/15 takes place on Wednesday 19th November in the Talbot Hotel Carlow at 8.00 pm.

Begun in 1824 the Ordnance Survey of Ireland was intended to determine townsland boundaries and acreages for the purposes of local taxation. Over the succeeding decades it evolved into a full cartographic record of the island of Ireland, making it the first country in the world to map its territory on a scale large enough to show every house and field.

In this lecture, Ordnance Survey in Ireland: the early years, Richard Kirwan, Director of the Ordnance Survey until his retirement in 2006 describes the early years of the survey, the inventions, endurance and doggedness required to get the undertaking up and running.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Carloviana 2015 will be launched by Raghnall O’Floinn, Director of the National Museum of Ireland, at a function in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow on Thursday 27th pm.

From Saturday 29th November copies will be available in outlets across County Carlow and from our online shop.