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Tuesday 30 May 2017

Certificate in Cultural Landscapes: Newgrange and the Boyne Valley

Course Details

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Course Fees: €790.00
NFQ Level: 6
ECTS Credits: 10
Course Code: DK_HCLNB_8

Course Presentation

This programme introduces participants to the rich archaeological and historical heritage of Ireland through the sites, monuments and history of the Boyne Valley, Co. Meath Ireland.

The cultural landscape is shaped by the interaction of peoples past and present with the physical landscape. Often described as a palimpsest, the landscape is marked, erased, modified and recycled by each succeeding generation and social group, from Mesolithic foragers and Neolithic farmers to contemporary Ulster Orangemen. This module guides students through the interpretation of the rich cultural landscape of the Boyne Valley through lectures, tutorials and field trips, and views the landscape as a text to be read.

The cultural landscape of the Boyne Valley provides an ideal laboratory within which to explore this rich heritage. It is a region of interest within Ireland and as home to one of Ireland’s two World Heritage Sites is a major tourism destination. The Boyne Valley and in particular the monument at Newgrange, has become an iconic site and has taken a place in the nation’s national consciousness.

Topics covered include:
1: Introduction to the prehistory of Ireland and the Boyne Valley
2: Ireland and the Boyne Valley in the early medieval period
3: Ireland and the Boyne Valley in the medieval period
4: Modern period: 'Big House' to the Peace Process

Awarding Body

Dundalk Institute of Technology / QQI Level 6 - Special Purpose Award (10 credits)

Who Should Apply?

The programme will be of interest to individuals with a broad interest in Irish archaeology and history and may be of particular interest to members of local historical and archaeological societies. It will also be of particular use to those working in the Hospitality Sector in the Fáilte Ireland Ireland’s Ancient East region as it will equip participants with a broad understanding of the breadth and detail of Irish History and the key monuments and sites of the Boyne Valley.

Participants should be aware that the field trips involve visits to archaeological Sites and monuments. A reasonable level of mobility is required to access a number of these sites. Those with limited mobility may not be able to access every site.

How To Apply

Apply via the green Enrol Now button above.

Course Duration

One Semester


  1. Wed 1st March - Seminar 1 - Prehistoric Ireland and the Boyne Valley   
  2. Mon 6th March - Field Trip 1 - Prehistory of the Boyne Valley: Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth, Fourknocks
  3. Wed 8th March - Seminar 2 - The Coming of Christianity   
  4. Mon 13th March - Field Trip 2 - The Wider Boyne Valley in Prehistory: Loughcrew Megalithic Cemetery, Hill of Tara
  5. Wed 15th March - Seminar 3 - The Medieval Period – the Anglo Normans    ,
  6. Mon 20th March - Field Trip 3 - Tour of Medieval Trim, Blackfriary Excavation Project, Trim Castle, Walking tour of medieval Trim,Bective Abbey
  7. Wed 22nd March - Seminar 4 - Conquest, Colonisation and War: Plantation in Ireland, c.1550-1641   
  8. Mon 27th March - Field Trip 4 - Christianity in the Boyne Valley: Monasterboice, Mellifont Abbey, Hill of Slane, Donaghmore, Kells
  9. Wed 29th March - Seminar 5 - The Rise and Fall of the Protestant Ascendancy   
  10. Wed 5th April - Seminar 6 - Northern Ireland and the Peace Process   
  11. Mon 10th April - Field Trip 5 - From the Big House to the Peace Process: Oldbridge House, Battle of the Boyne, Slane Castle, Ledwidge Museum

Starting Date

Wednesday 1st March

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Fees Information


Further Information

Dr. Conor Brady
Department of Humanities
School of Business & Humanities
Dundalk Institute of Technology

Phone: 042 9370200 ext.2965
Email: conor.brady@dkit.ie

Lifelong Learning Centre,
Dundalk Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Call: 042-9370290
Fax: 042-9370291
Email: parttime@dkit.ie