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

  • PEACE IV Understanding Our Area - People and Places; Local Heritage Audit

    Causeway Coast and Glens Local Heritage Audit

    Róisín Burke of Abarta Heritage presenting the Local Heritage Audit project with local communities in March 2019. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work on the PEACE IV Understanding Our Area - People and Places; Local Heritage Audit with the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.  This exciting project aims to identify and log the wealth of culture and heritage located along the Causeway Coast and in the Glens Borough area while also increasing understanding and appreciation of these wonderful places. Heritage information that can be included in the audit are details about not-for-profit, community managed [...]

  • Columban Heritage Information Evening Slide

    Audit of Columban Heritage Information Evening

    Saint Colmcille (also known as Columba) was born in Donegal in 520 (or 521).  Before his death in Iona on the 9th June 593 A.D, Colmcille became one of the most influential figures in all Irish and British history.  Colmcille is one of Ireland’s patron saints, a distinction he shares with Patrick and Brigid, and he is the patron saint of Derry.  Colmcille is not only an important figure for Ireland, but as the founder of monasteries in Iona and Scotland, he was a key catalyst for the Christianisation of Northern Britain. We produced a detailed audit on behalf [...]

  • 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 [...]

Adopt a Monument News

  • Adopt a Monument Workshop 2019

    Adopt a Monument Workshop 2019

    The participants settle in for an informative and inspiring day! We had a wonderful day on Friday at an Adopt a Monument Workshop and Networking Event with some of the Adopt a Monument Groups, County Council Community Archaeologists and the Heritage Council.  This was an opportunity for Adopt a Monument groups to meet and share stories about their sites and experiences.  As part of the event, we asked the groups to deliver a short informal presentation about their site, what they have achieved as part of the scheme and what their future plans are. The presentations outlined [...]

  • 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 [...]

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 [...]