Ever wanted to take part in a dig? This year Fingal County Council is facilitating a community dig at Bremore castle in Balbriggan. We will be digging in the walled garden of this 16th century fortified house. It is hoped to uncover information about the layout of gardens and to answer questions about what was here before the castle was built. Is this where St Mologa introduced bee-keeping to Ireland? Could there be the remains of an older castle here? Did Cromwell attack the house with cannonballs?
‘There is so much we want to discover about Bremore Castle’ said Community Archaeologist Christine Baker ‘and to do this we need people to come and dig’. The community excavation will be underway for two weeks between 14th to the 28th July 2017, every day except Mondays. It is open to everyone over 18 to take part and don’t worry if you’re not up to digging, there are other ways to get involved from to sieving for finds to washing and cataloguing what has been unearthed. ‘It certainly is a different way to become involved’ said Parks Superintendent Kevin Halpenny. ‘We’ve had a number of different events here at Bremore Castle, but I’m especially excited to be uncovering the secrets of our walled garden’. A team of archaeologists will be on hand to train and guide participants so don’t worry if you’ve never been on an archaeological dig before. To sign up or for more information contact Christine Baker-Fingal’s Community Archaeologist at firstname.lastname@example.org