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Cattle in Ancient and Modern Ireland - Farming Practices, Environment and Economy

Cattle in Ancient and Modern Ireland – Farming Practices, Environment and Economy


Cattle have been the mainstay of Irish farming since the Neolithic began in Ireland almost 6000 years ago. Cattle, and especially cows, have been important in the life experiences of most Irish people, directly and/or through legends such as the Táin Bó Cuailnge (The Cattle- raid of Cooley). In this book, diverse aspects of cattle in Ireland, from the circumstances of their first introduction to recent and ongoing developments in the management of grasslands – still the main food-source for cattle in Ireland – are explored in thirteen essays written by experts. New information is presented, and several aspects relating to cattle husbandry and the interactions of cattle and people that have hitherto received little or no attention are discussed.

Michael O’Connell is Professor emeritus at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) where he has been involved in research, teaching and administration for over four decades.

Fergus Kelly is a Senior Professor emeritus in the School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. His main academic interests are in early Irish legal and social history.

​James H. McAdam is an Honorary Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast and head of the Crops, Grassland and Ecology branch in the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), Northern Ireland.

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The World of the Galloglass – Seán Duffy (editor)

The World of the Galloglass: Kings, Warlords and Warriors in Ireland and Scotland, 1200-1600

This volume contains the proceedings of a recent Edinburgh conference at which scholars discussed the intersection of Scottish and Irish politics and culture in the later Middle Ages. It was a world epitomized by the neglected figure of the galloglass and several of the papers explore the role of these West Highland dynasties and their rapid proliferation throughout Ireland from the late thirteenth century onwards, but the volume also examines the high politics of Scottish royal involvement in Ireland, and the common culture of Gaeldom, particularly as manifested in the corpus of surviving bardic verse.

Contributors include: Steve Boardman, David Caldwell, Alison Cathcart, Seán Duffy, David Edwards, Wilson McLeod, Kenneth Nicholls, Alasdair Ross, Katharine Simms, and Alex Woolf.


A Celebration Of Sligo

A Celebration Of Sligo


This collection of 34 essays celebrates fifty years of the Sligo Field Club and reflect the interests of its members in the archaeology and environment of County Sligo, Ireland.

A wide variety of subjects are included supported by photographs, illustrations and maps. With contributions from the likes of Stefan Bergh, Mary B. Timoney, Peter Harbison, Catherine Swift, Nollaig Ó Muraíle, Kieran O’Conor, Etienne Rynne and many more, it provides a fascinating insight into Co. Sligo’s past and heritage.

Ballintober Old Graveyard

Ballintober Old Graveyard


Richly illustrated, this book is a valuable resource not just for the people of Roscommon, but a template for memorial studies in other counties.

This research began in 2012 with the study of the grave memorials of the late 17th century to the 1860’s in Ballintober Old, Co. Roscommon. The richness of memorial work here is indication of the importance of Ballintober and the O’Conor family. A catalogue of these memorials, including the full inscription, photo and references is given.

Details: 528 A4 pages, 1,331 colour images, hardback only.

Mary B. Timoney, originally from Waterford and living in south Sligo, has been researching graveyard memorials since 1984. She received an M. A. from UCC in 2001 for her study of ‘The Decorated Box Tombs of the Skreen School, Co. Sligo, c. 1780 – 1850’. In 2005 she published ‘Had Me Made, A Study of the Grave Memorials of Co. Sligo fro c. 1650 to the Present’. She has lectured and published on grave memorials in Co.s Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon and Sligo as well as on the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead, Ireland, and on the care of graveyards.

Centenary In Reflection - Historical, Cultural & Social Anthology Inspired By The Momentum Events From The Past Hundred Years To Present Day Through Poetry, Story & Prose

Centenary In Reflection – Historical, Cultural & Social Anthology Inspired By The Momentum Events From The Past Hundred Years To Present Day Through Poetry, Story & Prose


Centenary in Reflection 2016 Anthology is a momentous is snapshot of global and local history and culture; a space created to review times past, voiced by writers and students locally and internationally.

Provocative words on two world wars, emigration, and reminiscences about ‘how we once lived’ are contained within these pages. The story of how, as a nation re-birthed through the 1916 rebellion, it is that event and the fundamental truths proclaimed in the Proclamation of the Republic that haunts the psyche of our imagination, informing our views about the needs of the present as we rise to the challenges that lie ahead.

‘The Irish Republic is entitled to and hereby claims the allegiance of the Irishman and Irishwoman. The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens.’

Let the story begin.

​SiarScéal is an annual festival that celebrates the history and culture of the Roscommon environs, through all art forms and media and with the participation of communities and schools. The Festival also hosts the international Hanna Greally Literary Awards.

Co. Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society Journal Vol.13 (2016)

Co. Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society Journal Vol.13 (2016)


The Co. Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society Journal is a fascinating collection of articles devoted to the study of Roscommon’s past, both modern and ancient. With topics ranging from archaeology to history, folklore to heritage, there is something for everybody.

Vol. 13 (2016) includes the following articles:

– 1916 people on front of Journal,
– An interesting pair of images of the Last Judgement from Roscommon and Fuerty,
– Rinn Duin Bee Boles,
– The Demise and Demolition of Mote Park,
– Ending Civil War Bitterness? Frank McDermott and the foundation of the United Ireland Party, September 1933,
– In the footsteps of the noble Gael,
– The Most Famous Irishman of the 19th Century America Patrick Stephen Gilmore,
– An investigation into the formation, activities and impact the Ladies Land League had on Irish History,
– ‘Poor relief in pre-Famine Roscommon: the case of parish vestries’
– Roscommon’s Extraordinary Literacy Heritage,
– Strokestown Poor Law Union 1850-1870,
– Sir William Wilde as Archaeologist,
– Agrarian Violence in Kilbride & Kilgefin 1843-1844,
– The Cadiz Sisters,
​- Castlecoote Boys and Girls N.S. pics,
– Castlereea Water Pum,
– Cloonfree N.S. Strokestown 1950’s,
– The Devenish Family,
– The Life and Times of Dr. John J. Harrison MD 1815-1890,
– Dundonnell Castle, Co. Roscommon,
– Famers March – Roscommon Contingent 13th October 1966,
– Father Plunkett’s Mouments (RO 027-025)
– Gamekeepers in Connacht,
– Langtree: Ancestral Irish Home of the Shera/Sherar Family,
– Marist Brothers’ School – 1966 – Confirmation,
– Muiris Mac Curtáin,
– Remembering Master Moriarty and Castlecoote N.S. in the ’50s,
– Working the margin. The Archaeolgy of the N5 Ballaghadereen Bypass road project,
– Our Society’s 2015 Tour,
– The History of Strokestown’s Houses – part 3,
– Peter Joseph Hayden 1908-1981,
– Evidence for the Clay Pipe Industry in Knockcroghery,
– The aftermath of the burning of Knockcroghery Village,
– Springlawn Wedding,
– The Medieval History of St. Patrick’s Priory, Tulsk,
– The Carmelite House of the Holy Cross, Slewshancogh,
– The placename ‘Elphin’ and the Book ‘Taliesin’,
– Strokestown Macra na Feirme, 1967,
– A Stramboys Suit from Grange, Curraghboy,
– Re-opening of St. Patrick’s National School in 1955,
– Athleague National School 1923,
– Constables of Athlone Castle,
– St. Coman’s Park – Roscommon’s Famous GAA Ground,
– Masters of Carpentry,
– A Holy Trinity Baptismal font from Rahara Medieval parish church,
– Introduction to 1916 Seminar,
– The Backroom Boys of Roscommon,
– The Imagination of an Insurrection: Patrick Pearse and the quest for the ‘authentic’ Ireland,
– 1916 and the Roscommon Country House,
– Did it really matter – Roscommon women and the Easter Rising,
– Brothers in arms: the story of the Neilan brothers and the Easter Rising,
– George Noble Plunkett – Count of the Holy Sepulchre, M.P. for North Roscommon.

Co. Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society Journal Vol.8 (2000)

Co. Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society Journal Vol.8 (2000)


The County Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society Journal is a fascinating collection of articles devoted to the study of Roscommon’s past, both modern and ancient. With topics ranging from archaeology to history, folklore to heritage, there is something for everybody.

Vol. 8 (2000) includes the following articles:

– St Patrick Church Knockcroghery,
– Walter A Jones,
– 8th Century Stone,
– Extracts from Roscommon Herald 1897,
– Cregameen and other Townlands in the Parish of Kilkeevin,
– An Early Map of Castlerea,
– From Fuerty to Wisconsin,
– How the Parish of Kilkeevin cane into existence,
– The Demise of Vernacular Architecture in Co. Roscommon / Dream Cottage,
– Elphin Transition Year Students take stock,
– Cruachan Ai to the future from the past,
– The Lavin Sept,
– The Village Stations in the 1920’s,
– The Chronicle of the 19th Century,
– The Park, Athlone from Brewery to Secondary School,
– Ballintubber by Reflection – A.D. 2000
– Roscommon Town,
– Nimble Hands,
– Douglas Hyde – His Diaries,
– Buried Pipe Heads came alive and an old craft revived,
– James J. O’Kelly Forgotton Patriot,
– Private Patrick Banks 1251 88th Regiment,
– The Highs and Lows of the Cregga Hills,
– Industrial Development in County Roscommon,
– Archaeological Acquisitions in 1861,
– The Meeting of Kings in County Roscommon 997 A.D.,
– The Destitution Census The Diocese of Elphin,
– Corn Milling Through the Ages,
– What We used to Die of,
– The Doon of Drumsna,
– Extracts from Roscommon and Leitrim Gazette,
– Roscommon Presbyterian Church,
– Justice William J. Brennan Jr.United States Supreme Court Justice,
– Growing up in Ballintubber,
– A Ramble around the Northwest of Lough Gara,
– Horse Doctors – The old and the New,
– The Smith,
– The Fair Day is a thing of the past,
– Some Roscommon Wild Geese,
– The Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland 1846,
– Farming in the Forties,
– Disappearing Customs,
– Rural Life in the Forties,
– Vaughan Vibrations / Flood Control,
– St. Johns – An area of international historical significance,
– Attempts at Land reform in South Roscommon 1854 – 1867,
– Roscommon Flowery Vales,
– History of the O’Conor’s,
– Battle of Kinnitty 1397,
– ​Urney Church

Dedicated To Sligo

Dedicated To Sligo


A wide range of authors describe, analyse, interpret and re-interpret parts of the complex understudied, and at times misunderstood, archive of eight thousand years of Co. Sligo’s past.

Drawing on new and exciting knowledge about what Sligo looked like at times in the remote past, the events which changed lifestyles and the products of humble and status craftsmen the authors give us a greater understanding of our county and its place in Ireland’s past and present and they inform us of some inspired intellectual and artistic giants of more recent centuries.

The illustrations draw us out into the Sligo landscape, so richly endowed with the natural beauty, archaeology and history that surrounds us all the days of our lives.

Discovery Programme Reports 7 - North Roscommon in the later Medical Period: An IntroductionOut of stock

Discovery Programme Reports 7 – North Roscommon in the later Medieval Period: An Introduction


This volume is focused on the Roscommon module of the Medieval Rural Settlement Project. This is a preliminary publication mainly examining the issues of sources and methodology.

In focusing here on the area of North Roscommon, the Discovery Programme is attempting to advance an aspect of Irish medieval rural settlement studies that has been largely neglected by archaeologists: i.e. the study of the Gaelic lordships in the period after c.1170 AD.

Emania 24 Focus On Mythic LandscapesOut of stock

Emania 24 Focus On Mythic Landscapes



Waddell, John: Equine cults and Celtic goddesses, 5-18.

Hicks, Ronald: The rout of Ailill and Medbh: myth on the landscape, 19-34.

Fenwick, Joe: The late prehistoric ‘Royal Site’ of Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon: an enduring paradigm of enclosed sacred space, 35-51.

McCarthy, Mike & Curley, Daniel: Exploring the nature of the Fráoch Saga – An examination of associations with the legendary warrior on Mag nAí, 53-62.

Warner, R.B.: Ptolemy’s River Winderis: a corrected identification, a sea-monster and Roman material from the adjacent sandhills, 63-67

Ó Drisceoil, Cóilín & Walsh, Aidan: New radiocarbon dates for the Black Pig’s Dyke at Aghareagh West and Aghnaskew, County Monaghan, 69-79.

Brandherm, Dirk; McSparron, Cormac; Kahlert, Thorsten & Bonsall, James: Topographical and geophysical survey at Knocknashee, Co. Sligo – Results from the 2016 campaign, 81-96.

Wilkinson, Anthony: Knocknashee – Local perceptions, 97-98.

McCafferty, Patrick: The fear of fairy forts: archaeological preservation by plague and superstition, 99-106.

Had Me Made: A Study Of The Grave Memorials Of Co.Sligo From C.1650 To Present

Had Me Made: A Study Of The Grave Memorials Of Co.Sligo From C.1650 To Present


Full Descriptions of Eighty Memorials from all over Co. Sligo with comparative entries for over 500 memorials which commemorate past loved ones, some, the short and only annals of many a departed soul, others monuments of national importance, together with notices, details and location of the graveyards.

The styles of artwork, the first written description of the Masons of Sligo, who so lovingly carved these monuments, notices of the families commemorated, their lives and properties illustrated by 230 photographs, selected from an archive of 7,000 photographs, rubbings, drawings and a map. Provided to assist the reader in appreciating those memorials and the many other memorials to the dead of Co. Sligo of the last 4 centuries.

Horslips The Táin CD

Horslips The Táin CD


For the nostalgic among you, this classic album by Horslips is a must for any music collection. Still great after all these years.

Track List – Setanta, Maeves Court, Charolais,The March, You Can’t Fool The Beast, Dearg Doom, Ferdia’s Song, Gae Bolga, Cu Chulainn’s Lament, Faster Than The Hound, The Silver Spear, More Than You Can Chew, The Morrigan’s Dream, Time To Kill.

Jim Lockhart keyboards, flute, whistles, uilleann pipes, vocals. Eamon Carr drums, bodhran, percussion. Barry Devlin bass, vocals. Charles O’Connor fiddle, mandolin, concertina, vocals. Johhny Fean guitar, banjo, vocals.