Sarsfield Homecoming Project enters a new phase giving public a unique opportunity to support this historic endeavour
Sarsfield Homecoming Project enters a new phase giving the public a unique opportunity to support the historic endeavour
In October 2020, Dr Loïc Guyon, Honorary Consul of France, Associate Professor & Head of the Department of French Studies at MIC, Limerick, decided to launch the Sarsfield Homecoming Project with one objective: to try to locate, identify and bring back to Ireland the remains of Irish national hero Patrick Sarsfield.
At a special event held at the residence of the ambassador of France in Dublin this May, Dr Guyon presented his findings as part of the Sarsfield Homecoming Project before a select audience of government officials, elected representatives, diplomats, and academic and business leaders.
Together with Mr John Shaw, Country Head of Carelon Global Solution Ireland and Mr Frank Coyne, Director of Aegis Archaeology Ltd, Dr Guyon officially launched a global fundraising campaign aimed at collecting the €95,000 needed to conduct the archaeological excavations and testings on the site recently identified as being the likely final resting place of Irish national hero Patrick Sarsfield.
Dr Guyon said, “The Sarsfield Homecoming Project is now entering an exciting new phase in which everyone will be able to play their part by contributing to the global fundraising campaign we are launching today in partnership with Alliance Française Limerick, a registered charity and one of the city’s oldest not-for-profit organisations”.
Mr John Shaw added, “Any donation to the Go Fund Me page, even small ones, according to people’s means, will be welcome and a unique opportunity for the public to support this historic endeavour”.
Dr Guyon, Mr Shaw and Mr Coyne also announced that they will be travelling to Huy on May 31, along with Mayor of Limerick Cllr Francis Foley and Chief Executive Dr Pat Daly, where they will be accessing for the very first time the site where the archaeological works are to take place.
Mr Coyne confirmed that – provided the local government authorisation is received on time – preliminary works consisting of trial trenching, soil analysis and geophysical survey, using ground penetrarive radar technology, will be conducted as early as this autumn, with the full excavation scheduled to take place by the summer of 2024.
You can follow the latest developments of the Sarsfield Homecoming Project by searching for the hashtag #SarsfieldHomecoming on all major social media platforms.