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Victoria L. McAlister

). Functionality may have separated a town from a village – a town produced materials with support from the local rural economy, sometimes referred to as its hinterland (Clarke, 2013 ). Reynolds has argued for a more integrated town–country approach, defining a town as a permanent and comparatively dense settlement with a population working mainly outside of agriculture. It held a relationship with a hinterland from whence essential goods were drawn (quoted in Wall Forrestal, 2015 ). The role of the hinterland and the interdependence of town and country are consistent in

in The Irish tower house
Tower houses and waterways
Victoria L. McAlister

been identified as controlling causeways (Mahee Castle and Sketrick Castle), yet the majority overall were located by deep-water anchorages. Tower houses also could have a function within networks without actually playing a direct economic role in them: they could be used by sailors as beacons, or as lining-up points marking safe navigation, or tower houses might be located at safe havens. These networks may have operated between tower houses as well as unilaterally, requiring a certain level of elite interdependence. This may be indicated by intervisibility between

in The Irish tower house
Victoria L. McAlister

believe utilised tower houses as their places of residence and business, controlled links out of the country. However, their prosperity, alongside that of their towns, was dependent on a good relationship with the rural Gaelic-Irish and Anglo-Irish alike. Economic necessity and attractive profits led to interdependence between Gaelic-Irish and Anglo-Irish, which effectively removed ethnicity as an obstacle to doing business (O’Neill, 1987 ). In turn, the usefulness of the tower house in facilitating these interactions must be recognised, and interpreted as a sign of

in The Irish tower house