Heritage Council / Creative Ireland funding 2019

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.

Earthsound Geophysics team on site.

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/

Adopt-a-Stone Fund Re-opens

We are pleased that our PayPal donation channel is now re-open and we can again accept donations for our Adopt-a-Stone fund.

The Hourglass Wall in a precarious state.

Thank you for those who have patiently waited for this be reopened.

Thank you also to those who have already donated.

For details of our work and our fund click here Adopt-a-Stone

Boat Trip to see the ruins of Kilbarron Castle from the Sea.

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.

Clifftop view of the Castle garderobe
What looks like a doorway is actually the exit point for the garderobe- state of the art medieval sewage system!
Arriving back
Some of the people who took the boat trip and some who helped out on the day

Changes to Kilbarron Castle Facebook Posts

28 May 2019

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.

Castle view across Donegal Bay toward Kildoney with Benbulben and Inish Murray island.
Courtesy Linda Cleary

Launch of Adopt-A-Stone Appeal

13 March 2019

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.

Defending Kilbarron Castle

1 May 2019

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!

AGM 2019

15 March 2019

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. “

Archaeology Ireland

18 April 2019

Reading recently the Spring issue of the magazine Archaeology Ireland when I noticed that the back page advertisement for the Heritage Council features Kilbarron Castle’s ‘Hourglass wall’


The Heritage Council have been very supportive of our project over the last few years and hopefully for us and many other conservation projects, will be in a position to offer grant aid in 2020.