Friday, July 30, 2021

Local kids will be afforded the unique experience of participating in a simulated, controlled archaeological dig at the remains of a Viking house as part of Heritage Week (August 14-22).

The North Mayo West Sligo Heritage Group has announced that it is bringing The Big Dig event to Ballina and Enniscrone on the weekend of August 14 and 15 next.

Run by the School of Irish Archaeology, The Big Dig will allow children to explore the Viking world and what it is like to be an archaeologist through the simulated dig.

This free, one-of-a-kind event, has been made possible thanks to funding from the Heritage Offices at both Mayo and Sligo County Council and with the support of Ballina Municipal District and Enniscrone and District Community Council.

The Big Dig will be held in Ballina’s Tom Ruane Park from 11-3.30pm on Saturday, August 14 and Castle Field Car Park (Enniscrone Enterprise Centre) on Sunday, August 15 from 11am to 3.30pm.

Participating children will get to dig for Viking treasures and artefacts dating back over 1000 years and learn about our Viking ancestors through the eyes of real archaeologists!

The Big Dig will comprise of seven 45 minute-sessions with 12 children accommodated in each sitting.

All Covid procedures and contact tracing will be strictly adhered to throughout the event.

Places must be pre-booked in advance online at

Alternatively book the Enniscrone eventĀ HERE and the Ballina event HERE.

If you would like to join or find out more about the North Mayo West Sligo Heritage Group you can email [email protected]

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