Book ‘digging the lost town of Carrick’

Denis Shine, joint editor and a director of the Irish Archaeology Field School; Maura Bell, General Manager, Irish National Heritage Park, and Chris Hayes (who launched the book) Park Manager at Irish National Heritage Park, and a contributor to the work, at the launch of ‘Carrick County Wexford – Ireland’s first Anglo-Norman Stronghold’ at the Irish National Heritage Park at Ferrycarrig this evening. Pic: WexfordToday.com

A major addition to marking the 850th anniversary of the Norman arrival at Bannow Bay in 1169 took place at the Irish National Heritage Park, Ferrycarrig, this evening when Chris Hayes, Park Manager, was afforded the privilege of launching a new book Carrick, County Wexford – Ireland’s first Anglo-Norman Stronghold.

The comprehensive volume was produced by an editorial team of Denis Shine, Michael Potterton, Catherine McLoughlin and Stephen Mandal, who acted as master of ceremonies for the pleasant ceremony held just a few hundred metres from the historic Carrick archaeological site by the River Slaney.

The book tells the story of a ground breaking project, as it is one of the first, if not the first, archaeological and historical studies in the whole of Ireland to critically examine a medieval castle within its broader landscape.

Maura Bell, General Manager, congratulated everybody concerned with the project and said the Irish National Heritage Park is excited to have its own book, and she, prompted a visit to the adjoining bookshop!

The book launch was part of the Anglo-Norman Conference Carrig 850, which is taking place this Friday and Saturday.  Over twenty speakers are taking part.

Carrick, County Wexford – Ireland’s First Anglo-Norman Stronghold edited by Denis Shine, Michael Potterton, Stephen Mandal and Catherine McLoughlin. 264pp. Colour ills. Paperback €24.95. published by Four Courts Press. ISBN 978-1-84682-796-9

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