2002:0702 - counties Galway and Mayo, Galway

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Galway Site name: counties Galway and Mayo

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 02E0956

Author: Declan Moore, Moore Ltd, Unit 6, Riveroaks, Claregalway, Co. Galway.

Site type: Monitoring

ITM: E 506350m, N 808283m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.015260, -9.428937

The proposed development comprises the construction of 57.3km of overhead lines from Castlebar, Co. Mayo, to Cloon, south-west of Tuam, Co. Galway. All wires will be supported on double woodpole structures, with poles 5m apart. These structures will be erected approximately every 200m. Where the line changes direction, an angle structure is required, consisting of lattice steel towers. The design for the 110kv line incorporates 253 pole-set structures and 38 angle-mast structures.

The power-line route passes primarily through green fields. It starts at Castlebar substation and continues in a roughly southward direction past Breaghwy townland, through various townlands and finally into County Galway at Carrowmurlaur townland. The line then continues roughly south-eastward before terminating at Cloon substation near Tuam, Co. Galway. An assessment recommended that monitoring be carried out and that testing be undertaken at pole-structure and lattice-tower locations near known archaeological sites (see Nos 1371, 02E1287; 1378, 02E1286; 1379, 02E1105; 1380, 02E1106; 1392, 02E1290; 1403, 02E1289; and 1408, 02E1288, below; all in County Mayo). Monitoring is continuing at the time of writing.