Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

New Archaeological Guidelines

VIA Brian Dolan’s informative Blog – Seandalaiocht (wordpress won’t allow me to use a fada): New archaeological guidelines have just been launched by the Minister for the Environment, John Gormley. They relate to development by the Irish Concrete Federation as well as Eirgrid and ESB Networks. Online versions are available from here. Launching the […]

Friday Flora & Fauna – Whooper Swans

Friday Flora & Fauna - Whooper Swans

Well bloggers, it seems not everyone is that taken with the joys of nature. Declan is losing sleep over it! You see he lives beside a roost of Whooper Swans. ‘But’, I hear you say, ‘swans aren’t that noisy’ ….well these are, have a listen to the video. There’s no picture because it’s night but […]

Friday Flora and Fauna

Well bloggers, Sunday is the 1st day of Spring, we’ve done it, survived another Irish winter. Doesn’t seem that long since the 21st of December and the depth of it. So things are stirring, birds are getting noisier in the morning and the daffodil shoots are well on the way in the garden. The grey […]

Irish Blog Awards

Irish Blog Awards

Nominations for the Irish Blog Awards are now open…  the nomination page is here. And, via Greg Laden, why not do it in your own font. The awards are in Cork on Feb. 21st.



This just in: The Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP), a collaborative research consortium based in UCD/QUB and partners, completed in 2008 a series of significant archaeological reports based on its research as funded by the INSTAR 2008 programme and the Heritage Council Archaeological Research Grants 2008 scheme. … all these EMAP reports can now be downloaded at […]

1911 Census, Antrim, Down & Kerry

Via the Irish Family History blog we see that the second tranche of the 1911 census has gone live on the National Archives website. The website now covers Antrim, Down and Kerry as well as Dublin (which was put up early last year). It’s been a while coming but, that criticism aside,  is a great […]

Bring out your dead

Bring out your dead

The debate about how we excavate, treat and curate our dead received some airing at the end of December, with Irish Times journalist Sarah Carey raising the issue in a piece recently, subsequently debated on the Pat Kenny show, resulting in Pat Wallace (director of the National Museum of Ireland) deciding to return some of […]

Friday Flora & Fauna

Announcing ‘Friday Flora and Fauna’… From tomorrow, we’ll be posting a regular, topical flora and fauna column from Moore Group staff. We’ll follow the seasons and report on topical issues to do with the Irish environment and Irish Biodiversity. We’ll try and keep it regular to Fridays, but work pressures might affect the consistency occasionally! […]

19th Century Burial in Ireland IV

Conclusion and bibliography.. Conclusions The excavations in the cemetery attached to the Union workhouse of Manorhamilton and the former Connaught Asylum yielded a substantial skeletal population sample that was statistically viable for osteological analysis and offered important information on demography, disease and diet in 19th century institutions. Although there is little evidence to date the […]

To BE.R or not to BE.R, that is the question…….

Since the establishment of Moore Groups energy consulting section,  the jury is still out…… last month, we have been positively under-whelmed with clients wishing to avail of our expert Building Energy Services. This largely seems to be not as a result of our anonymity in the field but rather as a result of a general […]

Dolphin Sighting

As of 2001, 24 cetacean species have been recorded in Irish waters (Berrow, 2001) of which the Harbour Porpoise is the most common. This past summer has been a busy year for dolphin and whale spotters, most notably the three sightings of blue whale in recent weeks. In 1991 the Irish government declared all Irish […]

Going fishin'

Photo owned by The Wu’s Photo Land (cc) With nods to Historiann. No, not another post on aquaponics. Off to more wedding festivities etc.. in Norway. Declan, that is, not the entire company. Updates on aquaponics, more on beer, more on Eyre Square, whaling stations in Ireland, new finds, perhaps a little bit more on […]

Moore Group Flickr

We’ve set up a Flickr account for photos of the Eyre Square excavation results (and other material later). To date our collection is very small but we’ll add more over time. You can visit our photostream here and we’ve added a link on the left panel with our homepage links etc.. Oh, and this is […]

Lisbon Treaty Polls

Lisbon Treaty Polls

There’s a number of polls ongoing tonight across the Irish Internet. The majority appear to be indicating a No victory. Not sure how reliable these straw polls might be. Here’s some links (I’ll add more as I find them – Is this very sad?): – Yes side took an early lead but No closing […]

Tramore Wreck

The second of the Moore Marine Posts, posted by Eoghan: Historic Map indicates cause for Tramore Shipwreck During the course of archaeological monitoring of the Tramore Sewerage scheme, the remains of a previously unrecorded timber vessel was uncovered and investigated by a team from Moore Marine. These remains were located c.1km east of Tramore promenade, […]

Early Christian Settlement at Corofin

Early Christian Settlement at Corofin

The discovery by Moore Group archaeologists of the skeletons of 58 people, believed to date from Early Christian times at Corofin, Co. Galway, provides the first palpable evidence of a previously unknown early settlement in the area. The find was made during development work for a housing estate in 2006. Tom Rogers of Moore Group […]

Archaeology in the Digital Age

The World Archaeological Congress (WAC 6 – with the ubiquitous Broighter Boat serving as the conference logo) will be held in June this year in Dublin, and one of the themes is Digital Archaeology – Archaeology in the Digital Age 2.0. Here’s the abstract for the Theme: “We are witnessing the transformation to a society […]

2008 – International year of the Spud

2008 - International year of the Spud

Photo: IPC Welcome to 2008, Chinese Year of the Rat, Australian Year of the Scout, European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, International Year of the Planet, International Year of Sanitation, and, most significantly, International Year of the Potato (IYP). Suggested by Peru, where pre-Columbian farmers in the Andes first began to cultivate the crop, the International […]

Irelands Great Drug Epidemic

Irelands Great Drug Epidemic

‘Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart’ Proverbs (27:9) The past week was a big week in global politics, a week of negotiations in Bali, and a week where South Africa’s ANC decides on a new leader, but in Ireland it was a week where – due to the death at the age of 24 of […]

Death by spearing

Death by spearing

From the Australian Archaeological Association – A report of an early death by spearing in Australia. This caught our eye as we’re currently waiting for dates for a couple of skeletons we recovered during the Eyre Square excavations in Galway which had some severe fatal wounds. We’ll be posting more info on them here shortly. […]

Beyond kinship – Irish Caribbean studies

This is an excerpt from Orla Powers abstract of her recently published ‘Beyond Kinship -A Study of the Eighteenth-century Irish Community at Saint Croix, Danish West Indies’ in Irish Migration Studies in Latin America. The full article is available online here and makes for a fascinating read. Abstract The Irish trading post, and its associated […]

Bee Laws

Bee Laws

Joyce reports on a somewhat curious legal custom (which has parallels in India) in Early Ireland – the procedure by fasting. The plaintiff in a case (having served notice) simply went to the defendants house and went on hunger strike. As long as he remained there, the defendant was also obliged to starve himself/herself. In […]

Irish Hospitality

Irish Hospitality

For those of you who have always wondered what Ireland was like for the early Christian inhabitants of the place, and let’s face it, we all have at some stage, here’s a slightly distilled version of P.W. Joyce’s excellent introduction to his (1905) “A Smaller Social History of Ireland” available in full on the interweb […]

The great Guinness robbery

From Dublin’s famous Guinness brewery has been the victim of an audacious theft. A man drove a truck into the brewery on Victoria Quay, Dublin 8, yesterday evening; hitched up a trailer containing 450 kegs of different beers; and drove off into Dublin’s traffic just as rush-hour got under way. The haul contained 180 […]