Henry III type II penny at Clarin College, Athenry

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This coin was discovered by Moore Group archaeologists excavating the site of the new Clarin College at Newford in Athenry a few years ago. During the course of archaeological monitoring of topsoil stripping for the new school we identified a site which comprised a series of pits and postholes of unknown purpose.

The investigation of the pits over a two-week period resulted in the recovery of a silver coin from one of the pits. This coin, a Henry III type II penny by the moneyer Davi, was minted between 1251 and 1254. The coin may have passed through the hands of the Anglo-Norman traders in the fledgling market town of Athenry. In the Mid-13th century the town was under the feudal lordship of Meiler de Bermingham, a Lieutenant of Richard de Burgo, 2nd Earl of Ulster and 3rd Baron of Connaught.

According to the Irish Walled Towns Network ‘The earliest remaining building in the town is the Castle, built at the ford by Meiler de Bermingham, probably shortly before 1240. This castle, one of the finest 13th century castles remaining in Ireland, now consists of a three-storied keep surrounded by a strong curtain-wall which had two corner-towers and a corner-buttress near the strongly fortified gate. Meiler de Bermingham also caused the Dominican Priory of SS. Peter and Paul to be erected in Athenry. The Priory was started in 1241 and finished in 1261’.

Beyond the town defences much of the surrounding land was controlled by a hostile native population led by the powerful O’Connors, Kings of Connacht. The precariousness of this Norman outpost is evidenced in the Annals that record two significant attacks on the town in 1249 and 1316. The date on the coin corresponds with these turbulent times.

The coin recovered is classic Irish type II coin with a cinquefoil to the right of the bust, a clear double line forming the triangle, the crown fleur is clearly joined to the band and there are no pellets in the obverse legend. In this case it has been quartered and the cinquefoil and part of the beard are visible on the obverse. The reverse quarter the ‘DAV’ part of the legend ‘DAV IOND eVe LIN (DAVI of Dublin)’. The obverse legend would have read ‘heNRI CVSR eX III (Henry III King)’. The coinage consisted only of pennies which were cut in halves and quarters to accommodate the needs of smaller change.


Creedon’s Epic East featuring Billy and Declan

And here’s Billy and Declan on an episode of Creedon’s Epic East.

3 days of archaeology in a pre-pandemic May

Been adding some short videos to our barely used you tube page. Here’s three days of digging pre-pandemic at Dunmore Abbey, Co. Galway


Moore Group requires a Senior Archaeological Consultant/Licence Eligible Archaeologist for a full-time permanent position.

Contract Type: Full time, permanent.

Job Description: The successful candidate will work on a wide range of projects throughout Ireland. The role will involve providing advice to clients and preparing cultural heritage reports ranging from pre-planning assessments, constraints studies, route selection studies and impact assessments through to EIAR chapters. Project types include housing, commercial, power infrastructure and renewables as well as other large scale infrastructure projects.

The role will also include licenced field work and report production – testing, monitoring and excavations nationwide ranging from single dwelling house projects to larger scale developments.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Compilation of Constraints Studies, Route Selection Reports, Cultural Heritage Impact Assessments and EIAR Chapters.
  • Liaison with relevant authorities.
  • Providing advice, and communicating with, clients and design teams with respect to heritage issues, mitigation measures, policies, and programmes of measures.
  • Provision of expert witness services at Oral Hearings.
  • Field inspections.
  • Managing archaeological fieldwork programmes including testing, monitoring and excavations.
  • Attendance at meetings when required.
  • Supporting the management team through budget monitoring, implementation of Moore Groups H&S policies and other policies and functions as required.
  • Other relevant tasks as required.

Educational and Professional Requirements


  • A BA/BSc or equivalent qualification.
  • Extensive fieldwork experience – At minimum 2 years’ experience at Site Director level in the commercial sector.
  • Demonstrable people management experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in the preparation of technical reports and in assessing/interpreting cultural heritage data.
  • An in-depth understanding of the heritage planning sector, relevant processes, and legislation.
  • The ability to be well organised and work to deadlines, identifying priorities and managing time effectively.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills.
  • The ability to work unsupervised and to work well with others.
  • A high level of computer literacy.
  • A full driving license and access to own transport.


  • Experience in the use of GIS software such as ArcGIS or QGIS.
  • A post graduate qualification in archaeology or an equivalent qualification relating to planning, environmental impact assessment and/or built heritage.
  • Safe Pass and Manual Handling.


Remuneration of €49,000 per annum (accommodation and travel expenses provided when working away from the office). You will become a member of the company pension scheme after a 6-month probationary period.

Hours, location, and other information:

The standard hours will be 37.5 hours per week, based on a 7.5 hour working day, Monday to Friday. Some overtime, evening and weekend work will be required. All Moore Group’s staff currently work from home. Attendance at company meetings and events is generally Galway focused. References/Referees required. Reporting directly to the managing director.


A full time, permanent contract will be issued for this role at the discretion of management at Moore Group and subject to effective performance and satisfactory completion of a 6-month probation period.

How to Apply:

C.V. and letter of application, summarising experience and skill set applicable to the position, should be emailed to or sent by post to Moore Group, 3 Gort na Rí, Athenry, Co. Galway.

Closing Date for Application:

23rd December 2021 

Closing date extended to 10th January 2022

Use of Data:

All personal data and the information submitted for this application will be used solely for the purpose of this recruitment. All information will be treated with the strictest confidence and accessed only by those involved directly in the recruitment.

Seeking Information on 1922-1923 Civil War Executions

It’s been a while since we’ve posted here. But we’ve received a request from a researcher in the hope that our readers, particularly those with an interest in the Civil War letters, may be able to assist. John Morris in Sligo would appreciate any assistance. Here’s John’s guest post and request, please feel free to share and repost:

I’m undertaking research into the 77 official executions of Anti-Treaty Republicans conducted around the country by the Free State Government during the tragic 1922-23 Irish Civil War.

There are multiple references to the men on the internet and within printed material but I’d be particularly interested in getting in touch with any descendants who have kept their stories alive, perhaps had in their family possessions items such as originals of photographs, memorial cards or last letters for e.g. or any personal items that belonged to them. It would be a privilege for me to make contact with some descendants, to hear stories about the men, and to receive scanned images or photographs of treasured items such as the above that had been handed down through the years.

I’m not a member of any political party and have no affiliations whatsoever. It’s just that I have a deep interest in this troubled period of our history between the Treaty being signed and the end of the civil war. It must have been a period of tremendous social upheaval for Irish people to have lived through.  I’d like to perpetuate the memory of these 77 passionate young men around the country who lost their lives too early – many of them just in their teens.

A list of the executed men is attached (click the image below to embiggen).

If any readers of the Moore Group’s blog are descendants of the young men and can be of assistance to me on this – or indeed know of any leads that I could follow to make contact with people and obtain information about the men, then I’d ask that they contact me please via Gmail or mobile phone (Details below).

I’d like to thank Declan from Moore Group for his offer to assist me on this research.

Looking forward to receiving some replies.

Thanking You,

J. Morris, Co.Sligo, Ireland

Gmail address:

Mob No 0035387 6246266