start sketching the new system of self-governing communities on the map of Ireland. This is what I shall be attempting-in-part-on the following pages. The “part” that concerns me here is the system of districts and regions. Within this context, I shall also be concerned with community councils and, to some extent, with dioceses. Clearly, the work of sketching requires the sketcher to take a stance, to make up his mind between various alternatives, to plump for one line rather than another. So I shall be doing this in the following pages, while hoping that my effort will induce or provoke many other and better artists to take up where I leave off. Ultimately, if it is to be the Ireland that suits us-a real home for us all where we and our children can feel at ease in the world and grow human together-everyone in Ireland must contribute at least a brushstroke to the picture. Assembling the Basic Materials 14. Among the basic materials which I needed for the actual map-making were maps showing the county electoral areas of Connacht, the Dublin city wards, and the District Electoral Divisions of County Dublin. None of these maps is available to the citizen in the Government Publications Office (Dublin) or anywhere else-a comment in Itself, surely, on our system of government and its relationship to the citizens. For the county electoral areas, I had to get lists of the District Electoral Divisions (DEDs) which make up each county electoral area and draw my own maps of these county subdivisions on maps showing the DEDs.2 Getting to see the map of Dublin city wards and a map of the new Co. Dublin DEDs required direct approaches to the civil service. For the north-eastern part of the country, I needed a general map of the new Northern Ireland local government districts, and ward maps of Belfast and the surrounding districts. These were readily available for purchase in Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, Belfast. They are a pleasure to look at and to use. 15. I wish to thank the following persons for the help they gave me in getting the information and other basic materials which I needed for the these sketches: Michael Cunningham, Omagh; Brendan O’Ciobhain of the Ordnance Survey; Miss O’Grady and her assistant in Galway County Council Office; the priests of South Connemara; Michael O’Seighin of Rosdumhach, Iorras; J. B. Carolan, Belfast; Gerry O’Donovan, Dublin; Mr. Griffin and Miss Carroll of the Census of Population Office, Dublin;
By Desmond Fennell, http://desmondfennell.com.