by Bernard O’Hara
County Mayo has a rich and varied archaeological heritage. To date, over 8,500 monuments for the county have been recorded under 181 classifications on the national Site and Monuments Record database. These monuments represent all eras from the late Mesolithic period to recent times. This illustrated lecture presented examples of the main monument types reflecting change over 6,000 years of human settlement.
Bernard O’Hara has written widely on various aspects of the history and heritage of County Mayo. After editing a multi-disciplinary book on the county, he wrote The Archaeological Heritage of Killasser, Co. Mayo, which described over 300 monuments, nearly a third of which were new discoveries. Recent books include Davitt, a concise biography of the ‘Father of the Land League’, Killasser: Heritage of a Mayo Parish, St John’s School, Carramore, Killasser 1913-2003 (ed.). He contributed a chapter, ‘An Introduction to the Archaeological Monuments in County Mayo’ to the recently published book on the county entitled Mayo: History and Society, edited by Gerard Moran and Nollaig Ó Muraíle (Geography Publications, Dublin). A long-time member of the committee of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, he served as treasurer for ten years, three as President and three as Vice-President.