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Disert is a complex archaeological landscape located in the townland of Disert in Co Donegal.  The site consists of a holy well dedicated to St Colmcille surrounded by a ritual pilgrim landscape that includes an early ecclesiastical enclosure, penitential  cairns and a cillin (children’s graveyard).

After a depressing year in 2020 when all events were cancelled, we were back in action in June and July 2021 with a second season of archaeological excavation. Over 30 community members took part, some for just a day, while others came for up to four weeks. This followed on from the first season of excavation in 2019. The team that year included community members as well as students from IT Sligo and US students from the Institute of Field Research. We also had a number of events – prayers for St Colmcille’s day in June, archaeological field trips to Donegal and Sligo, a guest lecture by Dr Brian Lacey, guided tours of the excavation and a heritage week talk on the results of the excavation.

For Heritage Week, 15-23 August 2020, the Disert Heritage Group was proud to present a series of short videos about the connections people have to the wonderful site of Disert. Each day over the course of Heritage Week these were shared on Facebook and here on our website – click on the image below.

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Here’s a great 360 tour of Disert created by Malcolm Houston. It works like Google Street view. Click through to Google maps. Note that there are 360s of 11 spots at Disert so zoom in on the map view and then select one of the little blue circles.

Check out our great video about the site, created by Shauna Boyle:

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