This article contains information garnered during fieldwork supported by a wide range of sources. Both authors are grateful for the support of the Achill Archaeological Field School and Theresa McDonald, who provided lodging, facilities and equipment during the authors' fieldwork, as well as access to artefact collections and catalogues of previous excavation data. The authors thank Audrey Horning for her support and continued mentorship, along with Nick Brannon, Mara Bernstein, John Shanley, Maura Ryan, John O'Shea, Jim Corrigan, Peter and Helen Shanley, Jeff Miller, Anja Goethals, Chris Duke and Niamh Doheny, among many, many others. A special thanks is due to Alan and Michael Gielty, for sharing stories and a warm welcome during our visits and to the communities of Achill. The authors are also grateful to the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments and suggestions. Historic prints and photographs of Achill Island appear by permission of the National Library of Ireland.

Shannon Dunn's fieldwork was funded by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Anthropology Department at Syracuse University, with further research, synthesis and writing funded by the American Association of University Women.

Chuck Meide's research has been funded by The College of William and Mary's Charles Center, Reeves Center, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology, the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program and the Irish Heritage Council (An Chomhairle Oidhreachta), with additional support provided by The Institute for Maritime History.

Any errors are the authors' alone.