Between the village of Finny and overlooking Lough Nafooey in the hills of Cummer, County Mayo, we will explore a recently discovered ancient hilltop enclosure surrounded by stone walls which possibly has its origins in the Bronze Age or Neolithic times. We will visit the site of a possible ‘Fulacht Fiadh’ or ancient cooking site, dating back, most likely, to the Bronze Age, exploringe the practices associated, their siting, construction, cooking method, their extent in Ireland, etc.
This area has some exceptional landscape features, which were formed during the Ordovician period some 490 to 440 million years ago which created the Lough Nafooey Volcanic arc and in more recent times during the last glacial maximum, some 24,000 to 21,000 years ago. Our project proposes to create a short film on location where a local expert, Christie Lawless, will demonstrate and talk about the ancient hilltop enclosure and the site of a possible Fulacht Fiadh. A second local expert, Trish Walsh, Director of Petersburg OETC will give a talk on the unique geology and landscape visible in the area. In addition, on-site recordings of 2 local musicians (Seán Finn and Ríona Conoboy) will be included in the video.