Get Involved in the Dig Blackfriary Site 13th – 24th August

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Hi Everyone,

We are delighted to announce that we are hosting another community dig this year at the Blackfriary site!

Dates: Tuesday August 13th to Saturday August 24th (Closed Sunday 18th).

This will be a continuation of our community phase of the Blackfriary Excavations; The Medieval Garden Restoration Project. We plan to open two new cuttings focused on the edge of the monastic gardens where the Medieval town boundary hopefully is!

For those of you who haven’t been with us before, below is some information. Feel free to pass this along to anyone you know may be interested.

What is the Blackfriary site?

The Blackfriary site is a Medieval Friary situated in Trim, County Meath which has been under excavation every Summer since 2010. So far the buildings and cemetery have been explored but we are now developing a new and exciting phase of the excavation ‘The Medieval Garden Restoration Project’ which is aimed at community participation and involvement.

What is the Community Dig?

  • The dates of the community excavation are Tuesday August 13th to Saturday August 24th Please note that we will be closed Sunday August 18th.
  • This community excavation is supported by Meath County Council and Irish walled town Network run by the Blackfriary Archaeology Field School and is open to all members of the public over the age of 18.
  • To participate volunteers can dig in the trenches, sieve soil for finds, or wash and process material from the excavation. You do not need to be very fit and active to participate!
  • The working day will be from 10am to 4.30pm with two breaks for tea and lunch. You must be here at 10am on the first day that you would like to participate for health and safety induction. Otherwise you may come whenever suits. You will also receive a Blackfriary T-shirt for participating!
  • You do not need to book in advance but if you can let us know which day(s) you would like to come by emailing info@bafs.ie we would be very grateful. It makes us a lot more organised!

Where are we:

We are located at the back of Supervalu and Griffin Park in Trim.


There is limited parking at the back of Griffin Park at the site. There is also an all day car park located here:


What do I need:

Our site has running water, a canteen and toilet facilities. Tea will be provided a break times but you should bring your own lunch. There are also shops close by.

You should also bring waterproof clothing, gloves (gardening or work type), a bottle of water, suncream and a hat.

You can follow us on Facebook here:


We will send you news and updates about the excavation through this email. If you know of anyone who is interested, please have them email

info@bafs.ie or call me at 0857563671.

Kind Regards,

Laura Corrway

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