Boyne Valley Tours

Walks and talks on Hill of Tara

The Discovery Programme and N.U.I., Galway will undertake further geophysical survey at Tara over the last two weeks of July. To coincide with this a number of walks and talks are offered in collaboration with the Office of Public Works. Admission to these events is free.

Wednesday 21st July 2010

2.30 - 4.00 pm Walking tour
(led by Conor Newman NUI, Galway and Heritage Council).
Convene at the gate.

6.00 - 6.45 pm Tara: space, monuments and symbolism
(Conor Newman NUI, Galway and Heritage Council).
Venue: Church on Tara

Wednesday 27th July 2010

4.00 - 5.00pm Walking tour on natural heritage on Hill of Tata
(led by Neil Foulkes Hedgerow conservator, Hedge Laying Association of Ireland).
Convene at the gate.

7.00 - 8.00 pm Remote sensing at Irish royal sites
(Tara; Uisneach; Dun Ailinne; Cruachain)
 (Roseanne Schot and Joe Fenwick NUI, Galway;
Anthony Corns and Robert Shaw, Discovery Programme.)
Venue: Church on Tara

Wednesday 28th July 2010

2.30 - 4.00 pm Walking tour
(led by Edel Bhreathnach and Mícheál Ó Cléirigh, Institute, UCD).
Convene at the gate.

6.00 - 6.45 pm Tara: kingship, politics and religion ,
(Edel Bhreathnach and Mícheál Ó Cléirigh, Institute, UCD).
Venue: Church on Tara.

Please wear appropriate footwear for the walking tour and bring a raincoat or an umbrella in case it rains!

Admission is Free


Conor Newman has studied the archaeology of Tara for 18 years. He was director of the Discovery Programme's survey of Tara and is chairman of the Heritage Council. His talk will focus on the creation of religious space at Tara .

Edel Bhreathnach directed the Discovery Programme's historical analysis of Tara . She is the academic project manager at the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, UCD. Her talk will focus on the convergence of politics and religion in the kingship of Tara .

Roseanne Schot is an assistant lecturer at the department of Archaeology, NUI, Galway . She specialises in the archaeology and history of Uisneach, the sacred ‘centre' of ancient Ireland . Her talk will describe her work at Uisneach through the prism of geophysics.

Joe Fenwick was senior surveyor on the Discovery Programme's Tara survey and on NUI Galway's research project at Rathcroghan. He too specialises in the archaeology of early royal sites and headed up the geophysical survey of Tara for the last 10 years. His talk will focus on the contribution of geophysics to our understanding of early royal sites.

Anthony Corns is the GIS & IT manager at the Discovery Programme. He specializes in the application of new technology to further our understanding of archaeology and our cultural past. His talk will focus on the use of GIS for the integration of remotely sensed data sets at Tara .

Robert Shaw is currently the principle geo-surveyor at the Discovery Programme. His areas of interest include the application of remote sending on the digital documentation of cultural heritage monuments and objects. His talk will focus on the surveying of Royal sites using aerial photogrammetry and LiDAR.

Neil Foulkes is secretary of the Hedge Laying Association of Ireland and will explore some of the natural features of Tara including the hedgerows. Neil has been involved in hedgerow conservation for over 20 years and was in 2010 was responsible for conducting a survey and producing a management plan for the OPW of the hedgerows at Tara.

Boyne Valley Private Day Tour

Boyne Valley Tours
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