The Liam Price Notebooks: the placenames, antiquities and topography of County Wicklow
Edited by Christiaan Corlett and Mairéad Weaver
Published 2002, 2 vols, 732pp, hardback, full-colour illustrations.
Published by Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Liam Price is well known as a scholar of early Irish history and antiquities and is probably best known for his work on the placenames of County Wicklow. He served as a district justice in Wicklow from the 1920s until the 1950s. On his way to and from the local courts he often made detours to many areas of the county, recording the antiquities, placenames and folklore as he went along – information that he would eventually use in publishing many seminal papers on archaeological and historical themes related to Wicklow. He recorded his observations in a collection of notebooks, currently housed in the archives of the National Monuments Service of the Dept Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. These notebooks contain a great deal of information about little-known archaeological sites, some of which have disappeared from the landscape. The notebooks are illustrated with photographs and sketches by Price himself, and a number of contemporary photographs from other sources have also been included. Price had a vast interest in many aspects of Wicklow’s archaeology, history and placenames, and his notebooks are a treasure trove of information for anyone interested in the county’s past.