Slater's Royal National Directory of Ireland was published in Manchester and London in 1870 and encompasses almost 1,200 pages of text and more than 120,000 names Information contained in the Directory is subdivided into provinces and further subdivided into counties with entire sections given over to the cities of Belfast and Dublin. Each county and city is introduced by a brief social and political history as well as topographical and geographical descriptions. For those familiar with the study of Irish history and in particular Irish genealogy, directories such as Slater's are a vital research tool. The principal value of Slater's Royal National Directory of Ireland for 1870 lies in the fact that only a handful of truly national Irish directories are available. The Directory contains national lists for the principal gentlemen's seats and their incumbents, the villages, towns and other places mentioned together with a national list of advertisers appearing throughout the publication, which might prove of particular interest to some readers. Each town and village contained in the Directory is introduced by its geographical location in relation to its nearest railway station together with population statistics derived from the 1861 Census of Ireland as well as a brief geographical and topographical description. The Directory provides the names and addresses of the principal private residents, together with those engaged in commercial and agricultural activity as well as the presence and location of religious, commercial and public institutions. For the cities of Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway, Slater's Directory is as fulsome in its detail as Thom's Dublin City and County Directory is for the capital and its suburbs, which in the case of Galway and Cork is of particular importance as these major cities have attracted few complete directories. Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway are provided with complete street directories as well as lists of gentlemen, nobility, merchants and traders. Like Thom's, Slater's provides a list of trades and those engaged in them as well as the principal private and public institutions. This version contains all four provinces and all other pages appearing in the two volumes. The provincial sections can be purchased separately, to reduce the cost to you, and appear on the relevant county pages.
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