In 2008 it was Micheál who organised and directed a field search by volunteers of a part of the Longphort Viking site at Annaggassan Co Louth. Important information was obtained from this including an indication of Late Mesolithic activity on the site.
Micheál has undertaken extensive cartographical research on Linn Duachaill as well as researching local folklore relating to the site, and local place names. He has visited the site regularly over a period of years and found a number of artefacts that are now in the County Museum, Dundalk, including a Viking hone stone.
Micheál was a member of the team involved in the 2010 excavation where he was responsible for recording finds and keeping a site diary. A skilled illustrator, he was also responsible for producing publication drawings of artefacts from the site.
As a long- term member of the Louth Archaeological and Historical Society, Micheál is a contributor to its journal. Including his 2005 paper on the longphort of Linn Duachaill.
McKeown, M., ‘Annagassan: A Study of the Viking longphort’, County Louth Archaeological and Historical Journal, vol. 26, no. 1, 2005, 67-79.
In 2014 Micheál was invited to attend the National University of Ireland and completed a postgraduate certificate in Local History. Micheál’s life-long passion of local history has now been formalised and he has earned the well-deserved title of Historian. The research subject for his dissertation which is available on request, was Castle Roche, an impressive Norman stronghold eight kilometres northwest of the town of Dundalk.
Aside from the above two major publications Micheál has spent a lifetime researching the sites and history of Co Louth and beyond. He has extensive knowledge of sites such as Mellifont, Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth and numerous little-known souterrain sites in the region.
Micheál regularly conducts lectures and guided tours utilising his vast knowledge of the area and is available upon request.