The Disert Heritage Project is a community based archaeological research project set up by the Disert Heritage Group and IT Sligo (now Atlantic Technological University) to learn about and preserve the unique archaeological landscape surrounding St Colmcille’s holy well in the townland of Disert, in the parish of Inver, Co Donegal. In 2022 Disert Heritage Group and Atlantic Technological University have teamed up with California State University LA and with the US-based Institute for Field Research to carry out an excavation at Disert.
The primary sponsorship for the creation (2016) and implementation (2017 and 2018) of the Conservation Management Plan was from the Heritage Council, In 2019 we received funding through Institute of Technology Sligo, California State University LA, the Institute for Field Research, Donegal Co. Co Development Fund Initiative and Donegal Co. Co. Heritage Office. In 2021 funded was provided by IT Sligo and Donegal Co. Co. and supported though the Colmcille1500 Grant Scheme which was funded by the North West Development Fund and Creative Ireland, in conjunction with and supported by The Executive Office and The Irish Government. In 2022 the project has been funded by Atlantic Technological University, California State University LA, the Institute for Field Research, and Creative Ireland through Donegal County Council. Over the years we have also received local sponsorship of goods, services and money from the Abbey Hotel, Bluestack Centre, Patsy Boyle Tiling, Gallagher Cabs, Letterbarrow FC, Michael McGroarty Monumental Mason, Seamus Sheerin Stores. We are very grateful to all our funders and sponsors!