Archaeology of the Irish Revolution in East Limerick

Thanks to everyone who came along to the launch of the Archaeology of the Irish Revolution in East Limerick project last night. It was great to see the local community supporting the event and sharing their revolutionary stories.

During the evening, we heard from speakers Professor Joanna Brück and research archaeologist Aidan Harte from UCD School of Archaeology, Tara Clarke, researcher at Abarta Heritage and renowned historian and author Thomas Toomey. Their presentations focused on the importance of recording the archaeology of the revolution, type of sites and events to be recorded, previous archaeology of revolution projects undertaken in Tipperary and Cork and Thomas Toomey shared stories about the Civil War and characters involved in Co. Limerick.

The Archaeology of the Irish Revolution in East Limerick project is funded by the Irish Research Council COALESCE fund, which funds excellent research addressing national and European-global challenges across a number of strands. This project is part of the INSTAR+ awards, funded by the National Monuments Service of the Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage in partnership with the Heritage Council. It is being undertaken by University College Dublin School of Archaeology in partnership with Abarta Heritage. Other partners on the project include Dr Damian Shiels, the National Museum of Ireland, Limerick Museum, Heritage Maps, and local historians of the War of Independence and Civil War eras.

Over the next year, the team will be out surveying surviving archaeology from this time period which includes the remains of dug-outs, safe houses and ambush sites. We will also be hosting several research workshops, object recording days and story-sharing events in the East Limerick area. 

To find out more, visit the project’s Storymap at this link:…/d34d56e3c45d467aaed9a8a9…

Here you’ll find additional information, including our interactive map of sites recorded in the survey so far. If you would like to add to this database with information about your area, you can fill in the digital survey sheet on the Storymap website.

For those who filled in your hard copy version of the survey at the launch, you can drop this into Kilmallock Library or bring it along to our next event in the Old Chapel Rooms, Kilfinane, on Wednesday the 22nd of February at 7 pm.

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