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On September 20, 1588, two large ships of the Spanish navy sank off the west coast of County Clare., In Ireland. About 800 men perished in the waters of the sea. It is believed that the mortal remains of these men ended up miles away. One of the points that it is thought they could reach is Tuama na Spainneach, located County Claire, in the Republic of Ireland. The site will now be inspected by the ‘San Marcos Project’ in collaboration with Rubicon Heritage Services.
The ‘San Marcos Project’ was founded in 2014 by an initiative between the cities of Quilty, Miltown Malway and Spanish Point. The project, led by a historian named John Treacy and diver James McMahon, seeks the spot where the San Marcos galleon and its crew ended up exploring the waters.
The project began its first steps during the summer of 2014 thanks to the support of ‘Geomara’, ‘INFOMAR’ and ‘Burren Sub Agua Club’.. The project requires the work of specialists from different disciplines, who are usually recruited from nearby communities. There are publicists, students, metal workers, academics, photographers, veterinarians, fishermen involved in the project ...
‘The Burren Sub Aqua Club’ has been conducting underwater studies with divers since the project began. ‘Rubicon Heritage Services’ is an archaeological and heritage consultancy serving the UK and Irish markets. The team, led by Damian Shiels and Enda O’Flaherty, specializing in battlefield archeology, is working with great enthusiasm on the ‘San Marcos Project’.
In collaboration with 'Rubicon Heritage Services', the 'San Marcos Project' has been awarded 2,000 euros per patent from the 'Heritage Council' and during the summer of 2015, the 'Rubicon' team will work with the volunteers recruited by the project and will carry out a geophysical survey at Spanish Point in which it is believed that hundreds of victims of the Spanish galley slaves San Marcos and San Esteban are buried.
This study will help to find out if the majority of the victims of the shipwreck of 'The Spanish Armada' is found in Spanish Point and it could lay the groundwork for a more detailed archaeological project in the future.