Grange and Armada Development Association are delighted to welcome Fionnbarr Moore and Connie Kelleher to Grange for the Lecture Series during the Celtic Fringe Festival 2015
Fionnbarr Moore is a senior archaeologist with the National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and he has been head of the Underwater Archaeology Unit (UAU) since 1999. The UAU has a wide and varied work brief, dealing with development impacts on the underwater cultural heritage and maintaining the Shipwreck Inventory of Ireland. Investigation of sites also forms part of the work and UAU archaeologists have directed a number of dive surveys and excavations at significant wreck sites off our coast and in our inland waterways. Fionnbarr is chair of the European Archaeological Consilium’s Underwater Cultural Heritage Working Group (EAC UCH WG) and he is also a council member of the Royal society of Antiquaries of Ireland (RSAI). He has contributed papers and chapters to a number of journals and books on underwater archaeology and maritime history. As well as the above he has a particular interest in the Early Medieval and Medieval periods and has published a number of papers on early inscriptions and on the results of major excavations at Ardfert Cathedral, Co. Kerry, which he directed on behalf of the National Monuments Service. He is currently directing the UAU investigation of the Spanish Armada wreck sites at Streedagh, Co. Sligo.
Karl Brady is an archaeologist who has been working in the Underwater Archaeology Unit of the National Monuments Service since 1999. Karl has responsibility for the management of the Shipwreck Inventory of Ireland and has undertaken surveys of several shipwrecks. Karl has published a number of articles on early maps, medieval ship graffiti, early medieval ecclesiastical remains, heritage management, logboats and shipwrecks and has also published two books on shipwrecks entitled The Shipwreck Inventory of Ireland: Louth, Meath, Dublin & Wicklow in 2008 and Warships, U-boats & Liners: A Guide to Shipwrecks Mapped in Irish Waters in 2012. More recently Karl has been directing the underwater archaeological excavations of a number of newly discovered logboats from Lough Corrib Co. Galway and is part of the UAU team investigating the Spanish Armada wreck sites at Streedagh, Co. Sligo.
Dr Connie Kelleher is a member of the Underwater Archaeology Unit (UAU), National Monuments Service since 1999. Connie’s work has allowed her to direct archaeological surveys and excavations, including maritime landscape studies, post-medieval coastal archaeological sites and direct work on a number of specific wreck sites ranging from the 1588 remains of the Spanish Armada ship La Trinidad Valencera; an early 17th-century possible pirate vessel in West Cork; the early 17th-century wreck near Rutland Island, Burtonport in Donegal; the possible remains of one of Cromwell’s Parliamentarian ships, Great Lewis, in Waterford Harbour, to the 1697 remains of the HMS Looe in Baltimore, Co. Cork and most recently as part of the UAU team investigating the Spanish Armada wreck sites at Streedagh, Co. Sligo.
A graduate of NUI Cork, her doctoral thesis from Trinity College Dublin looked at ‘The Confederacy of Pirates in Southwest Ireland in the Early 17th-Century: Trade, Plunder and Settlement – a historical and archaeological study’. She lectures part-time in the Archaeology Department in University College Cork, delivering the ‘Introduction to Underwater Archaeology’ course. Connie has published articles and chapters in books on her work to date.
A past council member of the Royal Society of Antiquaries in Ireland (RSAI), she currently sits on the board of the International Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology (ACUA). She is a member of the European Scientific Diver Panel (ESDP), is currently chair of the Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group (IPMAG) and a member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (MIAI)
Lecture Title: La Juliana – 1588 Spanish Armada wreck: its rediscovery by and follow up investigation by the Underwater Archaeology Unit (UAU), National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht by Fionnbarr Moore, Karl Brady and Connie Kelleher (to be delivered by Fionnbarr Moore, project director)
In April 2015 the Underwater Archaeology Unit (UAU) undertook a series of dive inspections in the general location of the three Armada wreck sites at Streedagh, in Co. Sligo. The sites were first identified 30 years ago. The reported locations of La Lavia and Santa Maria de Vison were dived but no identifiable wreck remains were recorded; the wreck of La Juliana, however, was clearly exposed on the seabed with two cannon visible from the surface.
On diving the site the number of finds quickly increased to four bronze cannon, a number of carriage wheels, part of a gun carriage, two anchors and structural elements of the wreck itself. This discovery was brought to the attention of Minister Humphreys and resources were immediately made available for a follow up investigation involving survey, excavation and recovery of the more vulnerable artefacts. This work was carried out in June and July of this year and in all 9 highly decorated bronze cannon, one carriage wheel, a bronze cauldron and a number of smaller items were excavated and recovered. The wreck site was surveyed in detail, with other elements of the shipwreck including pottery, cannon balls and the two anchors recorded in detail. The artefacts recovered by the UAU are now undergoing conservation in the National Museum of Ireland’s conservation facility in Collins Barracks, Dublin.
This talk will present an illustrated summary of the excavation and artefact recovery along with initial observations on the finds, assessment of the site dynamics as observed in the course of the UAU investigation, the post-excavation research and proposed future management plans for the wreck sites by the National Monuments Service.