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Farming in a royal landscape: Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon

Nollaig Feeney
Roscommon County Council

Roscommon County Council are delighted to support the Farming Rathcroghan EIP-Agri Project. The project involves re-learning the benefits of traditional farming for more sustainable outputs in today’s world. This is all the more challenging in an archaeological royal landscape that is densely populated with an exquisite array of earthen and stone-built ancient monuments. A Field Monument Advisor role for the project has been provided (led by John Cronin & Associates and co-funded by the Heritage Council) with a view to offering bespoke farming solutions that continue to protect and preserve the archaeological resource. By trialling a range of new and exciting project-based innovations, in tandem with rearing rare stock breeds and using traditional managed farming practices, this farmer-led approach will continue to safe-guard the heritage of the Rathcroghan landscape. Currently in its early stages of a five-year programme, the Farming Rathcroghan EIP Project is embracing its design and development strategies. Dissemination of established archaeological best practice measures and on-going innovative archaeological advisory services are commencing in the field and we very much look forward to the findings that this important project will bring. A PDF newsletter & slide show will introduce the project on RCC website and social media.

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