Archive | Irish archaeology blog posts

Archive of Irish blog posts

‘You Moulting Desert Ram’: 12 Early Irish Insults

This colourful collection of Irish insults dates from the Early Medieval era and is primarily based on the period’s satirical poetry and prose. The insults are sourced from the electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language  which in this instance relies heavily on Róisín McLaughlin’s ‘Early Irish Satire‘. 1 ‘you moulting desert ram‘ (a reithi folta fasaigh ar fiadh) […]

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Treasure into ashes: A 19th century cist burial discovery

I recently came across an interesting 19th century account describing the discovery of a Bronze Age cist burial at Mullaun, Co. Wexford. Written by George Henry Kinahan, a geologist with the Geological Survey, it gives a valuable insight into the folklore and superstitions surrounding these early archaeological discoveries. His description reads: ‘Here some years ago […]

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Below the Surface Presents: Piracy and Predation in early 17th century Ireland

‘Below the Surface’ are hosting a series of maritime talks in a very unique venue – The Jeanie Johnston tall ship. This replica famine ship is currently docked on the Dublin quays and the creaking sounds of it’s wooden hull will undoubtedly create a very atmospheric location for the lecture series. The talks will deal with a variety of subjects […]

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The enigmatic fulacht fiadh or burnt mound

Burnt mounds are a type of archaeological site whose defining characteristic is large quantities of heat shattered stone. These sites commonly date to the Bronze Age, although examples from the Neolithic through to the medieval period are known. Burnt mounds are also known as fulacht fiadh and have been primarily interpreted as cooking places. The […]

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Tales of Medieval Dublin

Friends of Medieval Dublin in conjunction with Dublin City Council have just announced the dates for the 3rd season of their excellent lunchtime lectures series, Tales of Medieval Dublin. These monthly talks will take place in the Wood Quay Venue, which is a state of the art conference facility that incorporates a stretch of the […]

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Early photos of Ireland’s iconic heritage sites

This fantastic collection of old photographs documents some of Ireland’s most iconic archaeological and heritage sites. The photographs date from between 1890 and 1900 and are from the Library of Congress Collections. 1. Glendalough, Co. Wicklow: Founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century AD, this was one of Ireland’s most important early monasteries. The […]

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