Minister Moran launches Archaeology Ireland’s Heritage Guide ‘Neolithic Cúil Irra: Knocknarea – Carrowmore – Carns Hill’

21 August 17

Minister Kevin “Boxer” Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief today launched Archaeology Ireland’s Heritage Guide ‘Neolithic Cúil Irra: Knocknarea – Carrowmore – Carns Hill’ at the Carrowmore Visitor Centre, Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Carrowmore, Co. Sligo.

Archaeology Ireland will celebrate its 30th anniversary in September 2017.   To mark the 30th anniversary, Archaeology Ireland, with the support of the Office of Public Works and Sligo County Council commissioned this Heritage Guide which was written by Dr. Stefan Bergh, lecturer in Archaeology at NUI Galway, and which highlights the international importance of the Neolithic landscape of Cúil Irra, County Sligo. 

Speaking at the launch of the Guide Kevin Moran said, “The Cúil Irra Guide is informative and visually beautiful and does credit to the wonderful sites it features. I commend Dr. Stefan Bergh, the author, and the team at the Archaeology Ireland magazine for this top quality publication. I am delighted to launch this wonderful publication which was funded by the Office of Public Works and Sligo County Council".

Cúil Irra, with the iconic flat-topped Knocknarea Mountain at its western end, was one of the major cultural and ritual centres in Neolithic Ireland. Not only of immense archaeological significance, this is an area of outstanding natural beauty in a county famed for its natural beauty.  The Heritage Guide explores this area in general and the Knocknarea, Carrowmore and Carns Hill sites in greater detail.

Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Cllr. Seamus Kilgannon added, “On behalf of Sligo County Council and Sligo Heritage Forum I am delighted to join with Minister Moran in welcoming the publication of this Heritage Guide.  It showcases the significance and quality of Sligo’s special archaeological landscape here on the Cúil Irra peninsula.  Furthermore, it demonstrates what collaborative action can achieve for Sligo’s heritage.  Sligo County Council is pleased to support this heritage initiative and I would like to congratulate all involved".

The Minister concluded, “I am delighted that this launch is happening during Heritage Week. One of my first acts as Minister for the OPW was to allow all children under 12 to be admitted for free to all Heritage Sites managed by the OPW.  We have some truly outstanding places to visit like Clonmacnoise and Kilkenny Castle, the newly refurbished Ormond Castle and not to mention the site where we stand today as well as the very lovely Sligo Abbey.  We are trying to instil in our children a love of our heritage and an understanding of its importance".


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Archaeology Ireland Heritage Guide No. 78 (PDF)

Minister Moran launches Archaeology Ireland’s Heritage Guide ‘Neolithic Cúil Irra: Knocknarea – Carrowmore – Carns Hill’

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