Kilbarron Castle Conservation Group were recipients of Funding from the Heritage Council through the Creative Ireland Programme 2019 to undertake a Geophysical Survey of the castle site and it’s surrounding fields.
Kilbarron Castle Conservation Group were recipients of Funding from the Heritage Council through the Creative Ireland Programme 2019.
With this funding we were able to appoint Earthsound Geophysics of Claremorris, Co. Mayo to undertake a Geophysical Survey of the castle site and it’s surrounding fields with the aim of learning more about the site and to investigate if buildings once existed outside the castle ditch.
The interesting results from the survey have complied in a comprehensive and hope to publish the report here soon.
Details of the programme are on the Abarta Heritage website ==> https://www.abartaheritage.ie/adopt-a-monument-sites-receive-heritage-council-creative-ireland-funding/
The boat trip to see Kilbarron Castle from the sea took place on Sunday 25th August 2019 as part of Heritage Week.
The early start time was due to tide times so it was important to arrive in good time and the first boat left soon after 1.30pm. The boat men were Garrett Reynolds, Ken Henderson and Paul Reynolds who checked to make sure all were wearing their lifejackets. Each trip took about thirty minutes and because it was such a calm day there was very little swell and no soakings Afterwards there were light refreshments in the Marine Centre afterwards and a display about the Kilbarron Castle Conservation Project. See here some pictures of the event.
We are now publishing posts on the history of Kilbarron Castle and our work for its conservation on our website as well as Twitter and Facebook. So you may see some changes in the way you see our work on Facebook. We hope that you find these changes will make it easier to follow our work.
We are currently fundraising to help conserve the Hourglass Wall at the site of Kilbarron Castle. It formed the north facing wall of the banqueting hall of the castle. It was a later addition to the complex.
Our idea is to get a life size image of the restored wall and add every contributor’s name to a a stone in the picture.
The ruins of Kilbarron Castle perched on a rocky promontory jutting into Donegal Bay and surrounded by cliffs on three sides lapped by the Atlantic waves.
The route to the castle on the landward side leads to a narrow causeway over a deep ditch. It must have been a very defensible location but perhaps not too sheltered or comfortable whenever there was a raging Atlantic storm!
Linda Ervine is to launch the 2019 Mícheál Uí Cléirigh Summer School, Scoil Samhraidh Mhíchíl Uí Cléirigh, on Friday 10th May at 7PM where the theme of the weekend is “Migration and Plantation” in Ulster 1607-1637.
Kilbarron Castle Conservation Group held their 2019 AGM last night. Over a dozen people in attendance. Officers for the coming twelve months are Chairperson Fergus Cleary, Secretary M. Storey, Joint treasurers M. Reynolds and B. MacAwley. The group discussed future plans for 2019/20 and with the prospects of little funding available this year in the heritage sector how best to keep the project progressing and how best to engage the local community and the wider public who consistently have shown interest in the project to date. We have a few ideas and will bring these to fruition over the coming year.
To reiterate the comments made by the outgoing chairperson for 2018/19 “Finally I would like to express many thanks to everyone for their help and donations over the past year, the Creevy Co-Operative for the use of the Marine Facility for our meetings and events, and the committee and officers in 2018-2019 who gave of their time enthusiasm and expertise to advance the project over the last year. “