Winter is fast approaching so we thought we'd share some memories from our late summer field trip. On 5 September 2015 members of IPMAG got together to view a number of sites associated with Richard Boyle, 1st earl of Cork (1566-1643). He was a leading member of the Protestant New English community who benefited from the various schemes of plantation that took place in Ireland during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Participants on the field trip had the opportunity of visiting a number of archaeological sites associated with Boyle in the east Cork / west Waterford region. Led by Dr James Lyttleton, Dr Colin Rynne and Dan Noonan, the group explored the grounds of Boyle's chief residences in Munster, the College in Youghal, Co. Cork and Lismore Castle in Co. Waterford. This included the well-preseved 17th-century gardens enclosed by bawn walls and protected by flankers at both locations. St. Mary's Collegiate Church in Youghal with the famous Boyle monument was also visited. St. Carthage's Cathedral in Lismore was also visited where a church warden Peter Dowd showed the group around the cathedral building, including the diocesan library where a number of old books and other artefacts were on display. Other sites visited included the almshouse in Youghal (founded by Boyle) and the 18th-century Clock Gate Tower on Youghal's Main Street.
A collection of photos from the trip can be viewed on the field trips page of the website.