By definition, local history is linked to particular places. It is the history of this place rather than that place. This remains true even when the historian adopts a thematic approach, examining, for instance, the economic history of a city or town. Local history is intensely specific.

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Liberty Street plaques
Wall plaques from premises at corner of Liberty Street and South Main Street.  Upper plaque, surviving from a time predating the premises standing there today, shows the Christian ‘IHS’ monogram above a coat of arms, and ‘Anno D[omi]ni 1606’. 
Lower plaque has ‘Ireland Rising’, ‘Liberty Street’, and ‘1782’, celebrating the arching over of the nearby waterways and reflecting nationalist sentiments for political independence. 

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