Dr. Seamus Caulfield to open our Heritage Tour 2015
For our 5th Annual Summer School this year, we are delighted to announce that Dr. Seamus Caulfield (who discovered the Céide Fields) will give an introductory talk to open our Heritage Tour. The tour starts at 2pm on Sunday, 28th June in the Cois Tine Heritage Centre in Kilmovee. Dr. Caulfield had been invited to Kilmovee by Seosamh Mac Gabhann to visit ‘The Caiseal’ back in 2008, but sadly they never got the opportunity to do this. However, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Caulfield to our Heritage Tour in Kilmovee as part of the programme for the Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School. A bus will be provided to take you on a tour of historical and archaeological sites in Kilmovee, accompanied by a local tour guide. Kilmovee has one of the finest remaining examples of a Stone Fort in Ireland with most of the original structure still intact. This is a structure which was noted as far back as 1909 in a ‘Supplement to the Manchester Courier’ (as per extract attached) and compared to the now world famous Grianán an Aileach in Donegal, Dunbeg in County Kerry, Dún Aonghasa on Inis Mór and other Stone Forts on the Aran Islands. Compared to these sites, ‘The Caiseal’ which overlooks the ‘Canon Henry Park’ GAA Pitch (home of our local GAA Club – Kilmovee Shamrocks), remains very much undiscovered by the general public. The fact that ‘The Caiseal’ is inland in the village setting of Kilmovee, East Mayo as opposed to being located in a more prominent or coastal setting, has led to it going almost unnoticed. Yet it remains one of the most impressive remaining monuments of the ‘Iron Age’ in Ireland. Following the visit to ‘The Caiseal we will visit a number of other historical and archaeological sites in the Kilmovee area, with lots of discussion encouraged amongst the group as we explore the wealth of ancient monuments in the area. The tour will return to the Cois Tine Heritage Centre in Kilmovee for 5pm with tea and home baking provided. This is usually followed by a few tunes, an odd song or two and maybe even a recitation. The Heritage Tour is a free to attend event and all we ask is that you arrive to the Cois Tine Heritage Centre no later than 2pm to secure your place on the tour. Bígí Linn!