By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (April 23, 2021) – In Issue 2021-78 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we visit the Emerald Isle


King Brian Boru is believed to have defeated the Vikings on this day in 1014 and thus freed Ireland from foreign rule… for the time being.  Later he became High King of Ireland.

Being a king in Ireland at the time was not necessarily a big deal as there were 150 kings of lesser or greater domains of Ireland.  With a total population 1000 years ago of about half million, that works out to about one Irish king per 3,300 people.

For perspective, for the population equivalent to that of the city of Loveland, 13,100 people, there would be 4 kings.  And for the population same as the Loveland School District, 27,900 people, that works out to be about 8 kings…

Here is a map of the united Ireland from 1836 by Tanner.

Map of Ireland – 1836 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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