In 2015, the Heritage Council awarded funding towards a project entitled ‘A new timeline for Rosscarbery, featuring the 1755 tsunami’. The beneficiary was Rosscarbery and District History Society and the Project Manager was the email@example.com. Co-workers were Gill Boazman, Archaeologist, and William Helps, Artist.
Landscape archaeology was very much the theme of the research, as it was for Cork. The town and estuary have been interpreted at three stages: (i) in the early medieval period, (ii) in 1755, following the Lisbon earthquake-tsunami, and (iii) at the beginning of the nineteenth century, when the estuary was modified as a result of the construction of crossing causeway (c. 1809-1814). The causeway was part of the Post Office road between Cork and Skibbereen, and the story of the men, who were behind it, was the subject of a guided walk, held during National Heritage Week in 2015.
The poster below is by William Helps.