Excavations at Carrowmore and Cloncha 2011-2016

The link below contains an update on the surveys and excavation works carried out at Carowmore and Cloncha over recent years by the Bernician Studies Group, as published in the Ulster Journal of Archaeology, Vol 72, 2013–14. All works on the sites have government approval under licence.  Download the document here: Cloncha and Carrowmore Update Dec. 2016 There are also maps of Inishowen showing key sites involved and examples of material excavated under licence.  It is hoped the group will continue…

Easter at Carrowmore

The monastery at Carrowmore was one of the great Christian sites of the early Irish church. Of the many learned men who prayed there, the name of Maeliosa O Brolchain is remembered today. Easter was celebrated in Irish monasteries as the principal spiritual event of the liturgical year and Maeliosa wrote hymns and prayers to celebrate it. He was the grandson of Brolchan of Derry and is among the most important churchmen linking Carrowmore with Derry. Although he died in…

Carrowmore – survey of monastic site 2013

A Geophysical Survey at Carrowmore Ecclesiastical Complex, Inishowen Max Adams and Colm O’Brien     Map Carrowmore1 Caption  Figure 1: Site of geosurvey at Carrowmore Map Carrowmore2 Caption Figure 2: Results of geoscan showing part of vallum or ditch of Carrowmore monastery.     At Carrowmore magnetic anomalies, strongly indicative of a hitherto unknown double sub-circular ditch-and-bank enclosure, were recorded in a gradiometer survey. This appears to have formed the setting for the historically attested Early Christian monastery of Both…