60 Years in Stone


Dr Micheal Herity is a renowned archaeologist and scholar. Those who have attended Oideas Gael will know him as Director of the Father McDyer Archaeology Summer School for some 30 years. He is also the author of Gleanncholmcille: 5,000 years in stone, a guide to the archaeological sites of the region.

Dr Herity retired as the School’s director last year but returned this August to give a talk on his 60 years of experience as an archaeologist. We took the opportunity to recognise his massive contribution to our understanding of South West Donegal’s archaeological heritage. He was presented with an artwork specially commissioned from Gerald Buchanan of Crow Pottery here in Gleann Cholm Cille.

An article by Kathleen M. Mangan describing the event and Dr Herity’s work was published in the Donegal Democrat this week:

Urged more than 30 years ago by community organizing legend Father James McDyer, Dr. Herity founded the Archaeology Summer School to bring interested people to the Glen to learn more about the region’s rich history. In outdoor sessions, Dr. Herity encouraged participants to study the evidence of the monuments in their context, to deduce their original form and use. He invited guest archaeologists to further engage students, including David McGuinness, Brian Lacey, Seamus Caulfield, Dorothy Kelly and Markus Redmond over the years. To this day, the school continues to attract interested people from around the globe. And it has been featured in National Geographic.

You can read the full story here.


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