NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Leitrim Site name: TOWNPARKS, CARRICK-ON-SHANNON

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 00E0143

Author: Rosanne Meenan, Roestown, Drumree, Co. Meath.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 594390m, N 799742m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.946969, -8.085457

Planning permission (with a requirement for an archaeological assessment) was granted for a development of five apartment blocks on this site on the eastern outskirts of the town, overlooking the Shannon and the main road from Longford and Dublin. Buildings of the modern Marist convent lie west of the site on high ground. An ‘earthwork site’ (SMR 31:6) was located north of the development site. This was destroyed before 1945. The area where it lay is now built up.

On the development site there is a steep slope from the buildings of the Marist convent down to the road, and it was proposed to build the apartment blocks in the middle of the slope, placing them on an artificial terrace, with carparking on another terrace at the top of the slope. An existing sewer pipe occupied the southernmost third of the site.

Seven trenches were excavated. The easternmost produced rubble that had been dumped from the recent building scheme on the convent site. The westernmost showed that garden rubbish had been dumped from the adjoining property. Otherwise the stratigraphy was ploughsoil overlying very stiff clay with a lot of stones. Archaeological remains were not observed.