1995:140 - Dominican Church Rd., Athy, Kildare

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Kildare Site name: Dominican Church Rd., Athy

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 95E0169

Author: Martin E. Byrne, 39 Kerdiff Park, Monread, Naas, Co. Kildare.

Site type: Environs of possible town wall

ITM: E 668036m, N 693835m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.990925, -6.986628

Trial-trenching was undertaken at a proposed development site on 19 August, as part of an archaeological evaluation study. The work was commissioned prior to the construction of four apartments, outhouses and ancillary works on the site. Planning permission for such development was deferred until an archaeological evaluation report was prepared for the site. The site was L-shaped in plan and it had been proposed (Bradley et al. 1987) that the southern and western walls were constructed along the line of the medieval town wall.

Seven trenches, with a total length of 40.5m, were opened by machine. All the trenches were dug so that the bases were c. 0.3-0.4m below the surface of the sterile ‘natural’ subsoil. Close monitoring of the excavated material, coupled with detailed examination of the sections, indicated that no features of archaeological significance existed within the area of the proposed development, and that the western and southern walls dated to the 19th and 20th centuries respectively.ReferenceBradley, J., Halpin, A. and King, H. 1987 Urban Archaeological Survey, VII, Co. Kildare, (i). OPW.