Wednesday, 15 March 2017


Photos here from the recent launch of the Gatherings: Past and Present volume.  The launch took place at IT Sligo on Friday 3 March 2017. With thanks to Dan Lonergan, James Connolly of PicSell8 and Michael McDonagh for the photos.


Saturday, 25 February 2017


The conference proceedings have now been published as a fully peer-reviewed volume. Details of the contents and contributors can be found here

You are cordially invited to

the launch of

Gatherings: Past and Present: 
Proceedings from the 2013 
Archaeology of Gatherings International Conference 
at IT Sligo, Ireland

Edited by Fiona Beglane

Contributors: Ian Armit, Edel Barry, Fiona Beglane, Julie M. Bond, James Bonsall, Chris Carey, Robert M, Chapple, Julia E. M. Cussans, Stephen Davis, Stephen J. Dockrill, Heather Gimson, Patrick Gleeson, Hans K. Hognestad, Jo T. McKenzie, Clark McPhail, Una MacConville, CaitrĂ­ona Moore, Sam Moore, Louise Nugent, Elizabeth Richley, Stuart Tyson Smith

at 7.30 pm

on Friday 3 March 2017

A0004, IT Sligo, Ash Lane, Sligo

The book will be launched by

Dr Jeremy Bird

Please join us afterwards in

the bar at the Clayton Hotel (formerly Clarion), Clarion Rd

To learn more about this book, visit the BAR website

Monday, 28 October 2013

Sam Moore interviewed on Canadian radio

Sam Moore was interviewed about the Archaeology of Gatherings Conference on Canadian radio on Sunday morning.  You can catch a podcast of his interview here. It starts at 24:31 minutes into the podcast.    The radio show is The Gaelic Hour on the Ottowa station CJLL 97.9FM hosted by Austin Comerton.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Online booking closed but tickets still available ...

Online booking is now closed (Friday 1pm). We still have tickets available so please come along and register on the day. Registration is from 8:30am on Saturday morning. Papers start at 9:30.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Tickets still available

We still have tickets available for the conference, so book either on line or come along and register on the day - Registration is open 8:30-9:30 on Saturday in the main foyer of IT Sligo and papers will start at 9:30 sharp.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

The 4th Earl of Sandwich is getting ready for his part ...

(I suspect he will outsource the lunch to our caterers as his cook has been dead for a couple of hundred years).  The preparations are hotting up here in Sligo as we make the final arrangments for the Archaeology of Gatherings.  We look forward to seeing you there so get your ticket now.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Who's who at the conference 27th October

Our Sunday morning session begins with a paper by Dr Una MacConville, Visiting Fellow, Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath, UK.  Her paper is entitled 'Gatherings on the ‘Far side banks of Jordan’'.

Perceiving the presence of deceased relatives gathering around a terminally ill person—more commonly referred to as deathbed visions—is a relatively frequent experience in the last weeks and days of life. While the evidence for gatherings of this form is non-material and thus difficult to capture, deathbed visions are well documented, in the historical record and also in early medical textbooks. 

This paper will present results of a recent Irish study with health care professionals regarding their observations and understandings of these experiences and will review the considerable international research on this form of gathering. 

The full extract of Dr McConville's gripping discourse can be found on our confirmed speakers page. Time is running out to book your place at the conference so why not take this opportunity to register for your ticket.