Project Outcomes

In 2016 a Conservation Management Plan for Disert was prepared by Fiona Beglane, Helen Meehan and Louise Nugent, with input from a large number of other people, and in collaboration with IT Sligo.  The plan was formally approved by Disert Heritage Group on 21 November 2016.  The development of this plan was generously funded by the Heritage Council and provides a route forward to further our understanding of the site, while protecting it for future generations.

Highlights include:

  • The history of Disert
  • Folklore
  • Burial traditions
  • Pilgrimage traditions
  • Cures, clays and other traditions
  • Carnaween mountain
  • Results of the geological survey (N. Malcolm McClure)
  • Results of the natural heritage survey (James Moran, IT Sligo)
  • Results of the drone survey (Western Aerial Photography)
  • Results of the geophysical survey (James Bonsall, IT Sligo and Earthsound Geophysics)
  • Results of the archaeological investigations
  • Interpretation of these research elements
  • Photos and newspaper articles about the various events that have taken place
  • Exhibition posters from Heritage Week 2016
  • Plan for the future management of Disert

In 2017 and 2018 follow-on projects were undertaken to implement the recommendations of the plan. Reports on these can also be downloaded. Two of the major outcomes were the publication, in 2018 of Disert in the Bluestacks, a collection of poems, songs, music, folklore, history and archaeology and of an academic paper An Oasis in the Desert. In 2019 we undertook the first year of archaeological excavation.