The Spanish Armada: The Irish Experience lecture

On 21st September 1588, a vessel built in the Barcelona town on Mataró, filled with provisions and men, well used to the navigation in the Mediterranean, gave up in a terrible storm to inevitably sink in the beach of Streedagh Strand. More than four hundred years after, the recovered cannons from the wreckage site in 2015 are the most valuable arqueologic finding until date from La Juliana. But that vessel and that sandy area of Streedagh. With the Ben Bulben as a witness, keeps since then, other secrets…

Would you like to hear this story? David Revelles will share it with us in his conference The (other) secrets of La Juliana.

Revelles’ talk will be followed by Fionbarr Moore’s conference, The Spanish Armada shipwrecks at Streedagh Co. Sligo: Recent discoveries and on-going investigations by the Underwater Archaeology Unit of the National Monuments Service. Moore is currently directing the UAU investigation of the Spanish Armada wreck sites at Streedagh, Co. Sligo.

The history of La Juliana will be presented, illustrating also how it might have looked originally. An update will be given on the on-going conservation of the excavated material in the National Museum of Ireland’s conservation facility in Collins Barracks.


Fionbarr Moore
David Revelles
Organized by
Instituto Cervantes (Dublín)
Embajada de España (Irlanda)
Collaborating Organization
National Museum of Ireland
Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

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