The archaeological potential offered up by the revolutionary landscape in and around Boyle is the subject of a recent analysis by ‘The Landscapes of Revolution Project’.
The Landscapes of Revolution Project was established by Damian Shiels and is currently is being supported by Abarta Heritage Limited. Its aim is to develop and share techniques for the identification, interpretation and mapping of archaeological sites associated with Ireland’s Revolutionary Period.
According to Damian: “Back in 2016 we participated in The Fighting Irish Roadshow held in King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. As part of the preparation for that talk, we had a preliminary look at some of the archaeological potential offered up by the revolutionary landscape in and around Boyle. Aside from the talk itself we have never had an opportunity to share that initial analysis, and so wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some of it. We hope in the future that we might be able to make Boyle the subject of a more detailed and concentrated Landscapes of Revolution Project”.
A number of significant events are document in the project including:
- The North Roscommon by-election of 3 February 1917 saw the return of Count George Noble Plunkett for Sinn Fein.
- Boyle buildings associated with political activity in 1916
- The Rockingham Raid
- The breakout from Boyle Barracks
You can read the full analysis here