Bloodsports and boozing at the barracks

Wednesday 22 February at 8.15pm in the Officers’ Mess, Custume Barracks

Talk by Angela Wallace

Speaker Angela Wallace has worked as an archaeologist on various projects throughout Ireland and abroad over the past 25 years. She is an archaeology graduate of Galway and University College London. She has worked with multi-disciplinary teams to ensure the best possible solutions for limiting impacts to archaeology and to ensure that the recording of knowledge about the past is carried out to a high standard. Through her business, Atlantic Archaeology, Angela and her team endeavour to ensure results from excavation projects are shared with the wider community.

A Soldier of the Royal North British Fusiliers.
The regiment was stationed in Athlone during 1733.

Summary Angela Wallace will outline results from archaeological excavations in Athlone during 2018. Many discoveries were made while monitoring excavation works for underground services to the rear of the new Garda station on Barrack Street, Athlone. This work was carried out by Kilcawley Construction who, along with the Office of Public Works, facilitated the work of the archaeologists on site. They uncovered a fascinating glimpse of everyday life for the first soldiers stationed in Athlone during the foundation of the present day Custume Barracks (formerly Victoria Barracks) around 1690.

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