Discovering Historic Fingal a Guide to the Study of Monuments, Historic Buildings and Landscapes was commissioned in Summer 2006 by Fingal County Council, in association with The Heritage Council, as an action of the Fingal Heritage Plan 2005-2010. The purpose of the guide is to provide a practical, comprehensive and user-friendly reference book to all available archaeological and architectural source material for Fingal. The concept of an area of “Fingal” begins in the early medieval period, with the land known as Fine Gall or “territory of the strangers” referring to establishment of Viking settlers. The guide is intended for a wide range of users, including the general public, professional users, those in formal education at all levels, policy and decision makers, and the wider archaeological and architectural communities.
The guide introduces the essential source material for researching the built heritage of the county including textual information, maps, photographs, illustrations, models and artefact repositories. In order to provide the necessary context, researchers are also guided towards national repositories and general sources of Irish archaeological, architectural and art historical source material which may be relevant. The guide is not intended as an exhaustive work or a bibliography, but is instead intended as a practical reference book to guide researchers to where useful information can be found.
New researchers should approach the information contained in both primary and secondary sources with a degree of caution, and develop an understanding of “source criticism”, or the strengths and weaknesses of historical material. Historical sources are not infallible, are unlikely to be wholly accurate or truthful, and researchers assessing the significance and value of source material would be wise to be aware of Continue reading