Scéilín – The Abarta Heritage Blog

Welcome to Scéilín – The Abarta Heritage Blog, where you can find the latest news, updates and travels of the Abarta team.  We’d love to hear your thoughts, so please do get in touch by commenting on our posts.  We hope that Scéilín will give you a look behind the scenes of Abarta, to show the kind of projects that we work on and the way we go about it.  There will be individual sections for key themes and projects such as Adopt a Monument, the Hellfire Club Archaeological Project as well as sections about our travels and adventures and our latest news.  We hope that you enjoy our blog!

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Scéilín The Abarta Heritage Blog

Abarta Heritage News

  • Boat trip to Horse Island

    A Trip to Horse Island

    Work on the Shannon Estuary Way Recording Project is reaching the final stages.  It has been such a privilege to meet the local communities.  It has been wonderful to hear their stories and to see some of the incredible history and archaeology in the area.  One of the highlights of the project came in mid-September, when we were fortunate to have the opportunity to take a trip to Horse Island, a small, uninhabited island in the Shannon Estuary.  The island, also known as Inishmacowney, [Inis Mhic Uaithne], lies just off the coast from Kildysart. We were blessed with perfect weather, and [...]

  • Wicklow Heritage Trails Avoca Miners Cross

    Wicklow Heritage Trails Project – An Information Evening for People in Woodenbridge Avoca and Rathdrum

    We've been making the most of the good weather in the last couple of weeks as we continue the fieldwork for the Wicklow Heritage Trails Project.  There are few places in the world that are as lovely as Wicklow in the early autumn.  The changing colour of the leaves, the gentle flow of the rivers and the majestic mountains all combine beautifully.  It certainly makes the fieldwork a real pleasure!  We hope to complete all of the fieldwork in the next couple of weeks. Just before all of those lovely leaves fall! Wicklow Heritage Trails: Information Evening for People in [...]

  • Commemorating Colmcille

    Commemorating Colmcille – An Audit of Columban Heritage in Donegal Derry and Tyrone

    Saint Colmcille, also known as Columba from the Latin form of his name, is undoubtedly one of the most important figures in the story of early Christianity in Ireland.  He had a lasting influence on the development of the church, not only in Ireland but across Europe.  Colmcille's significance has led to him being chosen as one of the three patron saints of Ireland alongside Patrick and Brigid. Statue of Colmcille at Colmcille's Well, one of the Turas Stations of Gleann Cholm Cille Colmcille was born in Gartan, County Donegal in the sixth century.  However, the story of [...]

Adopt a Monument News

  • Adopt a Monument Application

    Tips for your Adopt a Monument Application

    The deadline is approaching to submit your Adopt a Monument application.  It’s been a real honour and a privilege for us to work with the Heritage Council on the scheme since it began in late 2015.  So far, thirteen community groups around Ireland have been selected to participate.  Each one of the thirteen groups are unique, with each group having its own priorities, ambitions and challenges. It has been our task to work with the groups to help them to achieve their goals, and to provide mentoring, training, mediation and facilitation.  So with the application window now open, we thought it might [...]

  • Adopt a Monument Manual Wins Award

    The Adopt a Monument Manual Wins Award!

    The Adopt a Monument Manual, written and compiled by Róisín, Neil and Conor of Abarta Heritage has been selected for a prestigious award by the Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland (IHAI). The awards took place on Wednesday 14th March 2018, at a function at the ESB Head Office Gateway hosted by Jim Dollard, the Executive Director Business Services Centre & Electric Ireland.  It was a great night, and we were delighted to attend.   The Annual IHAI Awards are sponsored by the ESB, and consist of four categories. The Adopt a Monument Manual was selected for the Mary Mulvihill Media [...]

  • Gallows Hill Dungarvan Archaeological Dig

    Gallows Hill Dungarvan Archaeology Dig

    It's a really exciting time for the Adopt a Monument Group at Gallows Hill Dungarvan, as they are carrying out an archaeological dig excavation to discover a little more of the story of the motte.  The excavation, carried out with the guidance and supervision of experienced archaeologist Dave Pollock, began on Friday 2nd June 2017 and runs until Thursday 8th June.  On the Saturday morning, the group had a really fun open day, where local children could try their hand at archaeology on the Big Dig with the School of Irish Archaeology.  It was wonderful to see so many archaeologists [...]

Our Latest Adventures

  • Exploring the Wild Atlantic Way Kerry

    Exploring the Wild Atlantic Way Kerry

    We spent part of this week exploring the Wild Atlantic Way Kerry.  It's easy to see why County Kerry is such a popular place for visitors to Ireland, its breathtaking scenery with majestic mountains and rugged coastline make it one of the most beautiful places in the world.  We were there to discover a little of the heritage of the county, and we planned to visit a number of historical sites in preparation for Neil's forthcoming guidebook to the historical sites of the Wild Atlantic Way.  We had a rough list of around 30–40 historical sites that lay along [...]

  • A Trip to Inishmurray

    A Trip to Inishmurray

    Inishmurray is a small island in Donegal Bay off the coast of County Sligo.  We'd long dreamed of visiting the island, but we'd never managed to get there as the weather conditions have to be perfect to make the trip, so we were delighted on May 4th 2017, when a calm and sunny spell of weather allowed us to take the journey with a group of friends.  Neil is currently writing a new guidebook for the historical sites of the Wild Atlantic Way, so we're in the middle of visiting some wonderful locations along Ireland's western coast.  We chartered [...]

Hellfire Club News

  • What is the Hellfire Club Archaeological Project?

    Hellfire Club Archaeological Project Week Four

    Hellfire Club Archaeological Project: Week Four Update This year's dig at the Hellfire Club has finished, and we have made some really exciting discoveries. So now the excavation is complete the process of post-excavation analysis begins! The excavation was a fantastic experience, and we'd like to take the opportunity [...]

  • Hellfire Club Archaeological Project Week Four

    Megalithic Art Discovered at the Hellfire Club

    Megalithic Art Discovered at the Hellfire Club. Sitting partially exposed in the hollow of the strange mound behind the Hellfire Club, a dark lump of igneous rock served as a handy border to many bonfires over the centuries.  However, those who enjoyed the warmth of the fire while lying up against [...]

  • Dr Rosaleen Dwyer, Heritage Officer of South Dublin County Council

    Hellfire Club Archaeological Project Week Three

    Hellfire Club Archaeological Project; Week Three Things began to get really exciting in the third week of the Hellfire Club Archaeological Project.  The first trench has continued, with more flint and charcoal being discovered within a very clay-like layer near the base of the trench [...]