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‘What lies beneath -Uncovering Trim Town’

Uncovering Trim Town Conference Photograph

 A conference entitled ‘Uncovering Trim Town’ was held in the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim on Saturday 8th November 2008. The papers described a series of archaeological excavations held in the town between 1990–2008. The conference was organised by the Heritage Office, Meath County Council and Cultural Resources Development Services Ltd. (C.R.D.S.) and was funded by the Heritage Council through the County Meath Heritage Plan 2007-2011. 

Mr. Noel Dempsey T.D, Minister for Transport delivered the opening address and stressed the high heritage importance of Trim.

Loreto Guinan, Heritage Officer, Meath County Council welcomed ‘archaeologists returning to Trim to present the results of their excavations to the local community’.

Michael Potterton spoke on the current state of knowledge about the medieval town and the gaps in our information.

The remaining papers described the results of excavations carried out in Trim town over the last number of years. Carmel Duffy described partial excavation and preservation in situ of a medieval structure on High St.  Mandy Stephens presented evidence for a burial ground and two medieval houses outside the Castle walls. Eoghan Kieran reported on burials adjacent to St Patricks Church; these pre-dated the arrival of the Anglo-Normans.  A ditch and a stone structure at the north end of Haggard St were tentatively identified as the remains of the Athboy Gate by Matt Seaver. A collection of animal bones from different excavations in the town were analysed by Fiona Beglane who also described a possibly ritual deposit of pig forelegs dating to the Iron Age. Finola O’Carroll monitored drainage works in Castle St during which the probable remains of the Castle moat were exposed as well as part of the graveyard relating to the Franciscan friary on the same site as the present courthouse. Rosanne Meenan gave summary results of test excavations and watching briefs carried out in Trim over the last 10 years.

The conference was very well attended.   The papers were informative and there was lively discussion afterwards. 

Photograph Caption: 08-11-08. Uncovering Trim Town Conference, Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim. Co. Meath. Back L to R: Matthew Seaver, Finola O'Carroll, Rosanne Meenan, Michael Potterton. Front: Loreto Guinan, Noel Dempsey, TD. Minister for Transport. Cllr Liz McCormack, Chairperson, Meath Co. Council.
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