Cruachan Aí Visitor Centre Tulsk

The Cruachan Aí Visitor Centre was officially opened by An Tánaiste, Mary Harney T.D., in October 1999.

A project of the Tulsk Action Group, it has a first class multimedia display which describes the archaeology and mythology of Rathcrogan, one of the principal Gaelic royal sites of Ireland.


a general view of the display area, with its superb colour aerial pictures which show every wrinkle in the landscape.

A disembodied voice, activated by your entry to this viewing bay, describes the ring fort in the field adjacent to the Centre.

In the main display area archaeologist Kieran O'Conor, of University College Galway, describes in a video some of the archaeological monuments and historic buildings constructed and occupied by his ancestors. The O Conor Clan occupied the land between here and Ballintober in medieval times.

Modern archaeology depends strongly on non-invasive surveying techniques, as exemplified by the work of the ArchaeoGeophysical Imaging Project, NUI Galway. The exhibition shows some of the results of this work, and what has been added to our knowledge of the sites, such as Rathcroghan itself.

The surveying techniques described include:
• detailed topographic surveying
• resistivity
• magnetic susceptibility
• ground penetrating radar

On the right is a magnetic gradiometry image, showing various ring barrows and enclosures.

A small cafe serves excellent light refreshments.