Begin a voyage of discovery and uncover the story of your ancestral home with Know Thy Place

Begin a voyage of discovery and uncover the story of your ancestral home with Know Thy Place

18 January 2012

Ireland has a long and glorious history. People first settled this wonderful land 9000 years ago and have left their mark everywhere. Do you ever wonder what part your home place played in this wonderful story? If so Cork company, 'Know Thy Place', which offers a unique heritage service to  help you reveal the archaeology of your ancestral home, might be the thing for you. ‘Know Thy Place' - which celebrates its first anniversary this month and which will feature at the Showcase Expo in the RDS from January 22nd to 25th - is using high quality archaeological research to provide an overview of the history and archaeology of a town or town land from the earliest human settlers up to modern times.

The company's archaeologists trawl through archives to track down every known monument in "Thy Place" . The information is compiled into the story of your birth place from the earliest times with the  end product a beautifully illustrated wall chart which provides maps and information about the archaeology and history of your place. "If you are lucky you may be able to trace your family back three centuries." says Colm Moloney, Director of 'Know Thy Place'. "If you want to go back further before written records began archaeology is your answer. Perhaps there was once a fairy fort in your back garden, or your town land played host to a Stone Age tribal war. 'Know Thy Place' can help you trace your roots back to the mysterious millennia before history, creating an historic chart of your place of birth."

The company is looking forward to taking part in its first Showcase Expo in the RDS which will be attended by over 5,000 buyers from 17 countries all over the world. Orders of more than €20 million are expected over the four days of Showcase 2012 which will feature the best of Irish design, fashion, and giftware. "If you can tell us where your people came from, we can build a story of the archaeology of that place for up to 10,000 years, a context for the development of your family. We are all constructs of the past - even the world's most powerful man, President of the United States, Barack Obama." said Moloney. "Last year 'Know Thy Place' explored the Irish origins of Obama's ancestral home of Moneygall and found evidence of over 5,000 years of settlement. Moneygall was the centre of a rich archaeological landscape populated by ringforts and the farms of local lords during the early medieval period." .

For further information go to Showcase2012 is on in the RDS, Dublin, from January 22nd to 25th. Trade attendance only.