1980-84:0066 - Coleraine (St. Mary, Dublin

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Dublin Site name: Coleraine (St. Mary

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number:

Author: N.F. Brannon, DoE

Site type: 17th-century urban site

ITM: E 709296m, N 727732m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.288613, -6.360737

Excavation took place to search for traces of the 17th-century towim ramparts. internal walling, and the Dominican Friary. ‘The inner faces of the ramparts were sectioned, and suggested that they nmight have been gang-built as the sections indicated different building materials – clay and stones in one and earth in the other. Beneath them, the 161(1 ground surface was visible as a turf line. Unfortunately, the site was levelled before surveying equipment was available to locate the features in the townscape. A 2m-thick masonry wall dating to the mid-l7th century survived up to l.2in in height. An unusually-angled corner of about 60~ was discovered, placing the interior of the monument towards the presumed location of the abbey. The latter had been fortified by Sir Thomas Phillips in 16(19, but that construction is not comfortably identifiable with this wall, which may be part of the ‘citadel’ referred to on 18th-century maps, which was built after 163(1 and demolished in 167(1. Excavation evidence accorded with those dates. As well as those post-medieval structural features, Early Christian gullies and post-holes were uncovered, as was a ditch, 2m wide and I .5m deep, which ran parallel to the River Baun and produced l7th/l8th-ceiitury finds. Neolithic flints and medieval pottery were also found.

Brannon, N.E. (1988) Where history and archaeology unite’, Hamlin, A. & Lynn, CS. (eds) Pieces of the Past, IJMSO.