Frequently Asked Questions
How soon do I have to apply?
The school will be filled on a first come first served basis, for candidates who submit satisfactory applications. We have a very limited number of places available so the sooner you apply, the more likely you are to get a place.
How do I apply?
All candidates for places at the Caherconnell School must complete an application. Once your application has been approved we will contact you to arrange payment.
Postal applications are accepted and must be accompanied by a completed booking form and the full course fees. Late enrolments are not accepted however we do maintain an alternates list in case of cancellation. You need to submit an application to get a place on this list.
When can I arrive at the Field School?
You should try to arrive at the Field School the Sunday preceding your commencement date.
What type of clothing should I bring?
Each student should be equipped with wind & water-proof clothing (pants & jacket), and a pair of strong boots which are necessary on site.
Is there a grocery shop nearby?
The field school is located at Caherconnell heritage centre – there is a gift shop and cafe on site, Kilfenora the village where student accommodation is located has two grocery shops.
Is there a bank available nearby?
The nearest bank is Ennistymon about 15 miles away, most local businesses will accept credit cards or travelers cheques.
Is computer / internet access available at Caherconnell?
Yes broadband internet access is available at the heritage centre.
What type of accommodation is provided for students participating in Caherconnell Field School?
Students participating in the Field School stay in hostel accommodation in Kilfenora. Electricity, heating, bed linen and laundry facilities are included in the course fees. Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day are also included as are tea and coffee for on-site breaks.
How do I get to the Field School?
If you fly in to Dublin, you should get the train from Heuston Station in Dublin to Ennis, then you should get the bus from Ennis to Ennistymon, from there you can get a taxi to the accommodation in Kilfenora. You will be collected from there and brought to and from the dig each day free of charge.
If you fly in to Shannon, you should get a bus from the airport to Ennistymon (via Ennis). From there you can get a taxi to the accommodation in Kilfenora. You will be collected from there and brought to and from the dig each day free of charge.
If you need further help with your travel arrangements, please contact us.
Is participation on the 1 Day Tour compulsory?
No it is not compulsory but the tours are an excellent way to see some of the Burren’s finest archaeological sites.
Is there a minimum age / age limit on students wishing to participate?
Participants should be at least 18 years of age. There is no upper-age limit but applicants should be aware that excavation is quite strenuous work and participants should be relatively physically fit. Please contact us if you are unsure whether you would be eligible to participate.
Can you provide financial assistance for people applying to attend Caherconnell Field School?
At present we are not in a position to offer any assistance with tuition or travel costs for those attending the School.
I have no archaeological experience, can I still participate in the Field School?
Yes, prior experience is not necessary to participate in the Field School – archaeological methods are taught on site.
Do I have to be doing a degree in Archaeology / Anthropology to participate in the Field School?
No, we welcome people from all walks of life as long as they have an interest in archaeology and are relatively physically fit.
How do I book one of your courses?
Please go to our applications section to begin the process.
Places are limited so early booking is advised.
What are the contact details of the Caherconnell Archaeological Field School?
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