Public lecture on Moneen cave skeleton

Public lecture on Moneen cave skeleton


IT Sligo lecturer Dr Marion Dowd - Photo: IT Sligo
IT Sligo lecturer Dr Marion Dowd – Photo: IT Sligo

Institute of Technology Sligo will host a special archaeology event on Friday night December 9th at Hylands Burren Hotel in Ballyvaughan.

Forensic-level investigations of a skeleton discovered in Moneen cave, near Ballyvaughan, have shed fascinating new light on the life and death of a teenage boy who died in the 16th or 17th century.

The analysis was carried out by a team of archaeologists and cavers, led by Dr Marion Dowd, a Cave Archaeologist from IT Sligo. The rescue excavation was funded by the National Monuments Service.

The event will mark the launch of her new book, which charts the excavation, entitled: “Archaeological excavations in Moneen Cave, the Burren, Co. Clare: insights into Bronze Age and post-medieval life in the west of Ireland”, published by Archaeopress, Oxford.

Dr Dowd will present her findings at the public lecture which will get underway at 7pm.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.