‘Castles in Communities’ project marks five years

This year’s ‘Castles in Communities’ project was recently launched at Kenny’s bar in Ballintubber. It is the fifth year of the project and Dr. Neil Brady and his fellow professors and up to 70 students from Foothills College in California and Columbia University in New York will arrive to continue excavations in the grounds of Ballintubber Castle, which is owned by Pyers and Marguerite O’Conor-Nash.

  Speaking ahead of this month’s event, chairperson of both Ballintubber Tidy Towns and the Heritage Festival, Eileen Kenny, said the committee was delighted to once again welcome the visiting archaeologists.

  “This event is a major endorsement of Ballintubber Castle and its surrounds and indeed the enormous potential it has to offer with regards to the development of tourism and creating sustainable jobs in our region,” she said before paying tribute to Roscommon County Council staff and local councillors as well as landowners Pyers and Marguerite O’Conor-Nash and Dr. Neil Brady and his colleagues.

  Ms. Kenny added: “We’re really looking forward to the American professors and students returning for what promises to be another wonderful Ballintubber Heritage Festival. It’s brilliant to see the information that has been discovered so far and everyone here is excited to see what’s discovered this year.

  “Everyone is very welcome to come along to the lecture evenings which will take place in the Old Schoolhouse throughout the month and the students and archaeologists will display their findings over Heritage Weekend”.