03/04/2014 : The launch of ‘Clogh Oughter Castle, Co. Cavan: Archaeology, History and Architecture’ in the Cavan County Museum.

Thursday 3 April 2014: Mr. Dinny McGinley T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, today welcomed the publication by his Department of a monograph detailing the valuable archaeological insights arising from excavations undertaken as part of conservation works at Clogh Oughter Castle, a national monument in the guardianship of the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.   Today also saw the opening of a brand new exhibition on Clogh Oughter Castle at Cavan County Museum, entitled ‘Clogh Oughter – A witness to centuries of Irish history’.

The Department’s archaeological monograph, Clogh Oughter Castle, Co. Cavan: Archaeology, History and Architecture, was written by Conleth Manning, a senior archaeologist in the Department’s National Monuments Service. The monograph illuminates the history of the castle using the results of archaeological excavations that were carried out at the site in 1987 to facilitate conservation works on the castle.  The monograph details the outcomes of these excavations combined with additional data gleaned from recent geophysical and underwater surveys to provide an information resource which will help in interpreting and presenting this iconic monument for years to come.

On foot of the launch of the monograph today, Minister McGinley remarked that, “The archaeological excavations at Clogh Oughter and the historical and other research associated with it have thrown much light on the building history of the castle, particularly on its use during the mid-seventeenth century and on the final siege and subsequent partial destruction of this great tower.  It is my belief that this monograph will be the standard reference for Clogh Oughter Castle for many years to come.  Clogh Oughter Castle is a magnificent monument, located in the most beautiful of settings, and is emblematic of the unrivalled quality of Ireland’s heritage resource which has the potential to attract visitors from across the world.”

Minister McGinley also warmly welcomed the opening today of a new exhibition on Clogh Oughter Castle at Cavan County Museum, stating that the exhibition “beautifully illustrates the enduring presence of the castle throughout major periods of upheaval in Irish history, from medieval times through to the Cromwellian wars. The exhibition builds upon the knowledge gathered for the Department’s monograph, presenting the history of the castle in an engaging and accessible way using many of the wonderful archaeological objects found during the excavations at the site.”

The monograph can be purchased from bookshops or directly from www.wordwellbooks.com.  The exhibition at Cavan County Museum will run until further notice.


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