Heritage Week 15-23 August

For Heritage Week, 15-23 August, the Disert Heritage Group is 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 will be shared on Facebook and here on our website – so make sure you check in daily to see them.

Friday 19 July

Friday 19 July 2019
Say ‘Goodbye’ to the Diggers. We will be heading into O’Neill’s Bar, Letterbarrow from 9pm. Why not call in and have a chat? Brendan is promising music.

Also – advance notice: Thursday 22 August 2019
Speaker “Preliminary Excavation Results from Disert 2019”. Dr Fiona Beglane. Bluestack Centre, 7:30pm FREE

Summer 2019

The Disert Heritage Project will be conducting an archaeological excavation between 1 July and 19 July 2019. As part of this we are proud to present a series of public events this summer in conjunction with Donegal Co Co Heritage Office and Development Fund:

1 June 2019
Prayers/Mass at Disert, followed by social event at Tymeen Football Field. Time to be confirmed.

Wednesday 26 June 2019
Full day fieldtrip to the archaeology of southwest Co. Donegal. €30 per head including lunch and all entry fees. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Book instantly online or contact Fiona on 087 6863914 to arrange for cash payment

Thursday 27 June 2019
Full day fieldtrip to the archaeology of Co. Sligo. €20 including all entry fees (lunch at own cost). BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Book instantly online or contact Fiona on 087 6863914 to arrange for cash payment

Thursday 4 July 2019
Meet the Diggers. We will be heading into O’Neill’s Bar, Letterbarrow from 9pm. Why not call in and have a chat? Brendan is promising music.

Tuesday 9 July 2019
Excavation guided tours at 4:30 and 7pm. Meet at Tymeen Football Field.  Wear waterproof clothing and shoes. FREE

Thursday 11 July 2019
Guest Speaker “The early carved stone crosses and cross-slabs of Co. Donegal” Dr Brian Lacey. former Director of the Donegal Archaeological Survey and former Director of the Discovery Programme. Bluestack Centre, 7:30pm €5 per person payable on the door. Afterwards we will be heading into O’Neill’s Bar, Letterbarrow, from around 9pm. Why not call in and have a chat? Brendan is promising music.

Friday 19 July 2019
Say ‘Goodbye’ to the Diggers. We will be heading into O’Neill’s Bar, Letterbarrow from 9pm. Why not call in and have a chat? Brendan is promising music.

Thursday 22 August 2019
Speaker “Preliminary Excavation Results from Disert 2019”. Dr Fiona Beglane. Bluestack Centre, 7:30pm FREE

Fancy trying your hand at Archaeology?

We have a limited number of places for community volunteers to take part in the excavation between 1 July and 19 July. Come for a day, a week or for all three weeks – we are flexible, places are FREE however BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. No experience necessary.

Audit of Columban Cultural Heritage

We are delighted to have been one of the groups consulted for this project. All are welcome to attend:

Donegal County Council, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Foras na Gaeilge & The Heritage Council invite you to:

Audit of Columban Cultural Heritage – Public Meeting

Colmcille Heritage Centre, Gartan, Church Hill, Letterkenny

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

7 p.m. (Light refreshments from 6:30 p.m.)

 

Audit of Columban Cultural Heritage – Public Meeting

The Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Derry

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

7 p.m. (Light refreshments from 6:30 p.m.)

 

Description:  The Audit of Columban Cultural Heritage was commissioned by Donegal County Council, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Foras na Gaeilge and The Heritage Council as part of the implementation of the County Donegal Heritage Plan.  The presentations will be delivered by Neil Jackman, Abarta Heritage and Dr. Brian Lacey.  The audit sets out key heritage sites, places, objects and archives associated with St. Colmcille and provides suggestions for the 1,500th commemoration of his birth in 2021 based on consultations with a variety of stakeholders.  The public presentations will provide opportunities to highlight some of the existing or proposed local initiatives to conserve and promote the built and cultural heritage associated with St. Colmcille.  It will be an opportunity for members of the public to contribute their ideas and suggestions, and to meet other groups and individuals interested in commemorating St. Colmcille and the material heritage associated with him.

 

The presentations will be delivered by Neil Jackman, Managing Director of Abarta Heritage.  Neil is an experienced licensed archaeologist who has excavated sites all over Ireland and lectures in Public & Community Archaeology at the UCD School of Archaeology.  He has written a number of publications and articles on Irish archaeology and heritage, including acclaimed guidebooks to Ireland’s Ancient East (2016) and the Wild Atlantic Way (2018).  Dr. Brian Lacey will provide an introduction to St. Colmcille at the events.  Dr. Lacey was Director of the Archaeological Survey of County Donegal in the early 1980s and Head of Derry City Council’s Heritage and Museum Service from 1986 to 1998.  He also served as Director of The Discovery Programme and is author of several texts on Colmcille including his 2013 book on ‘Saint Columba: His Life and Legacy’.

 

Everyone Welcome