(Rathcroghan Visitor Centre/PhD Candidate, NUI, Galway)
Identifying the assembly places of medieval Tír Maine & Uí Maine
One aspect of Daniel's ongoing PhD research into the archaeology of the O'Kelly lordship of Uí Maine, (c. 1100-1600), is the appearance of a series of óenach or assembly landscapes within the study area of south Roscommon and east Galway. This talk will consider the evidence that led to their consideration, evaluate the likelihood of their candidacy as assembly sites for the O'Kelly lords, and show how other hidden assembly landscapes may be rediscovered across the Irish countryside.
Daniel Curley is the manager of Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, and a native of Taughmaconnell, Co. Roscommon. He is presently completing his PhD research in the Dept. of Archaeology at NUI, Galway, under the supervision of Dr. Kieran O'Conor.