30th March 2014
Identification and mapping of stone-works Sites on Slieve Rushen
One of our members, Mr. Oliver Brady, has been aware of an ancient stone working site on Slieve Rushen for a number of years. Following a fire on the mountain in 2009, which burned the vegetation revealing the stone works, Mr. Brady was able to find the exact location of the site. A search of the National Monuments website did not contain any reference to the site.
Bawnboy Heritage contacted the Department of the Environment/ Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht who assigned an archaeologist Mr. Michael Moore to assess the area. Mr. Moore examined the site in March 2014, his findings were: that the site consisted of sweat house; stone workers huts - temporary accommodation for the masons while working on the stones and a partially worked millstone.
Mr. Moore recorded, described and uploaded this information onto the National Monuments Register which can be seen at http://webgis.archaeology.ie/NationalMonuments/FlexViewer/
Photographs taken by Jim Ryan of Mr. Oliver Brady viewing the site can be seen below.