An exciting heritage project is making progress in researching the story of the O’Daly Bardic School which existed near Kilcrohane in the medieval period
In 2016, Muintir Bháire Community Council engaged John Tierney of Eachtra Archaeological Projects to conduct a conservation plan for the remains and site of the O’Daly Bardic School in Dromnea, east of Kilcrohane village. They set about mapping the site of the school, and their work was funded by a Heritage Council grant, awarded to the Muintir Bháire Community Council.
The archaeologists mapped the structures at the site using a high-tech remote camera to produce 3D images. They also reviewed existing date and historical sources to assess how the site fits into local and national contexts. This research phase has made clear that the site is strongly linked to the story of the medieval Gaelic era before the Flight of the Earls.
Listen to John Tierney’s Talk
John Tierney presented his research findings to a public meeting in Kilcrohane on 25th October, 2016, and you can listen to it here …
You can also take a look at the slides John used in his presentation …
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Newspaper Reports on the O’Daly Bardic School Project
Other Useful Links
Ordnance Survey of Ireland
This site shows how local graveyards have been mapped by local communities, helping locals and visitors to piece together stories about family history and the links between families and places.
Irish Folklore Project [Note: the interactive map here will only work if you are using the Internet Explorer browser]
Related Project: Walks Research
An interest in making more of our local heritage sites is key to another local project which is gathering views on the future development of the Sheep’s Head Way walking route. We’d be very grateful if you’d consider filling in a form to share your views on what might be done in the years ahead!
Local Feedback Form – http://bit.ly/2dgU7cd
Visitors’ Feedback Form – http://bit.ly/2dXdJVu
Any decisions about the future and development of the walkways will of course be made by the Sheep’s Head Way Ltd. and its members in a democratic way. Quite simply, what we’re doing here is collecting evidence from as many interested parties as possible so that local views are considered at every stage of planning for the development of tourism along the Sheep’s Head Way in the years ahead.
The Sheep’s Head & Bantry Tourism Co-operative is delighted to help the O’Daly project by providing this information page which we’ll update regularly. To find out more about the tourism co-op, visit https://livingthesheepsheadway.com/join-the-sheeps-head-bantry-tourism-co-operative/ or contact Siobhán on 086 303 0991.