• A Moycullen Miscellany: History, architecture and the archaeology of the N59 Moycullen Bypass

A Moycullen Miscellany: History, architecture and the archaeology of the N59 Moycullen Bypass 

Jerry O’Sullivan, Shane Delaney, Carlos Chique and Karen Molloy

 

 

A Moycullen Miscellany weaves together many strands in the story of an attractive village with a colourful history and a pleasing mix of old and new architecture. The village lies between the fertile limestone basin of Lough Corrib and the upland granite country of Connemara. Archaeological excavations on the N59 Moycullen Bypass route have identified new evidence for prehistoric and early medieval settlement in this landscape, including the first Neolithic farmers. This evidence is corroborated by fossil pollen from a local peat bog, which records the advance and retreat of woodlands as successive human communities cleared the land for tillage and pasture throughout prehistory. In medieval times Anglo-Norman conquerers built a castle and church near the lake, but their manor of Gnó Beg (an ancient name for Moycullen) was afterwards ceded to the O’Flahertys, the Gaelic medieval lords of Connemara. By early modern times the choicest land was occupied by big landowners and their mansion houses, while their tenants lived in clustered cabins on the rugged hillslopes. From the 1830s the modern village began to converge around a crossroads created by Alexander Nimmo when he engineered a new road from Galway Bay to Lough Corrib. Though the village continues to grow, the crossroads is still at its heart.

 

TIIHeritage 8

ISBN: 978-1-911633-17-4

Paperback

118 pages

€15

To be published 1 June 2019

Published by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, distributed by Wordwell Ltd.

 

Jerry O’Sullivan is a TII Archaeologist based in the National Roads Project Office at Galway County Council. His professional interests are very broad and his previously published work includes books and essays on archaeological conservation, research, regulation and best practice.

 

Shane Delaney is a graduate of University College Cork. An experienced archaeological project manager, he has directed archaeological investigations all over Ireland and abroad. He is a native of Dublin and now lives in the Burren, Co. Clare.

 

Dr Carlos Chique is a researcher based in the Palaeoenvironmental Research Unit at NUI Galway. His research focuses on the application of palaeoecological indicators (pollen, non-pollen palynomorphs, Chironomidae subfossils) to discern past environmental conditions. 

 

Dr Karen Molloy is based in the School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI Galway, where she oversees the pollen laboratory in the Palaeoenvironmental Research Unit. She has published widely on reconstructing past landscape changes from fossil pollen.

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