In 2010, a geophysical survey was carried out on land surrounding the graveyard at Clonarney.
Previous research suggested that this land may once have been the site of an early monastic settlement and based on the findings of the initial survey, this may well be true.
The survey uncovered several features of possible archaeological significance, including curvatures in the land which may have formed part of the boundary wall of an early Christian monastery.
In March 2011, Paul Hughes of the Delvin Historical Society gave a presentation on the history of Clonarney, an overview of the research being carried out in relation to the monastic settlement that may once have existed there and the area’s link to St Wendelin. Watch the video here.
In April 2011, Dr Roseanne Schot and Dr Ger Dowling from the National University of Ireland in Galway, returned to carry out a second survey on the land. Their findings were inconclusive and it is hoped that further surveys will be carried out if or when funding allows.