Are IAFS programs proceeding in 2021?

Yes, we are now looking forward to our 2021 programs (see here) with great excitement, when we can finally deliver on our 2020 plans including the most exciting research we have ever planned!

What is proceeding in 2021?

We currently plan to run all our programs, including: landscape archaeology and environmental science from Birr; archaeology and experimental archaeology from Ferrycarrig and bioarchaeology and archaeology from Ferns – our brand new field school! Our John’s Hall project in Birr also continues, as do a number of our online courses. We will remain incredibly active on all our social media channels, so please look for further details on our work there. Meanwhile we continue to research, publish, report write, complete post-excavation etc (as well as work on some new surprises for the year 😊).

Where can I find out more information on COVID-19 in Ireland?

We strongly recommend students keep updated on COVID-19 only from official health service sites. In Ireland, our Health Service Executive, provides up-to-date verified information on COVID-19 at

If I sign up for an IAFS program for 2021 and it’s cancelled will I receive a refund?

If we cancel one of our programs full refunds will be issued (minus any associated bank charges). For students attending us through the Institute for Field Research (IFR) please check their terms & conditions. Note: we do not collect any of these fees and are only issued payment just before the field school commences.

In the unlikely event that we are again forced to cancel a program, we do however suggest students strongly consider switching to a later IAFS program.

I signed up for a program this summer. Will my flight be refunded if a program is cancelled?

Students are responsible for purchasing their own airline tickets and therefore IAFS will not be responsible for refunding travel costs incurred due to cancellation. Please note that currently all travel insurance policies exclude COVID-19 infections. We have consistently advised students to hold off on purchasing airline tickets until as late as possible – and/or pay an additional fee for ‘flexi’ fares or cancellation insurance.

Will I have to self-isolate when I arrive in Ireland?

Please check with our Health Service Executive, which provides up-to-date verified information on COVID-19 and visiting Ireland at

What else is the IAFS doing to help students?

At the IAFS we are doing all we can to assist our students. If you have any queries at all please email and one of our Course Directors will get back to you personally.