Michael MacDonagh, Chief Archaeologist, at the National Monuments Service of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with Cllr. Seamus Kilgannon, Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council will launch Archaeology Ireland’s new Heritage Guide ‘The Spanish Armada Wrecks, Streedagh, Co. Sligo’ at the official opening of the Spanish Armada International Conference 2017 this Friday, 22nd September 2017 at 8pm in the Clayton Hotel, Sligo. 

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Archaeology Ireland, with the support of the National Monuments Service and Sligo County Council commissioned the Heritage Guide which has been written by Fionnbarr Moore, Karl Brady and Connie Kelleher, archaeologists with the Underwater Archaeology Unit (UAU) of the National Monuments Service.  All have been directly involved in the ongoing monitoring of the Streedagh wrecks and in the rescue excavation of a number of significant artefacts from the site in 2015, including nine bronze cannon.  The guide highlights the international importance of the Spanish Armada Wrecks at Streedagh and describes the three ships, their provenance and their final journey to the ‘golden sands and blue waters of Streedagh Strand’ where many of the 1100 soldiers and mariners aboard sadly lost their lives.

The guide recognises the collaborative involvement of the members of the Grange and Armada Development Association (GADA), the Sligo Sub Aqua Club, the National Monuments Service, Sligo County Council and the local communities of Grange and Streedagh who continue to highlight and care for the Spanish Armada Wrecks at Streedagh, Co. Sligo.  The launch of the heritage guide has been timed to coincide with the Spanish Armada International Conference  which takes place in Sligo from 22-24 September 2017 and is organised by the Grange and Armada Development Association.  For more details and booking see www.spanisharmadaireland.com.