2003:1815 - Westgate/Friar Street, Thurles, Tipperary

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Tipperary Site name: Westgate/Friar Street, Thurles

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0806

Author: Avril Hayes, Aegis Archaeology Ltd, 16 Avondale Court, Corbally, Limerick.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 589004m, N 635830m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.473789, -8.161851

Monitoring was undertaken for groundworks associated with the laying of service pipes in Friar Street/Westgate, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. The development was located within the vicinity of the zone of potential for Thurles town, SMR 41:42. The area monitored included a 12m-long by 4m-wide stretch of roadway on the east side of Croke Street and the entire 45m length of Westgate. The work involved the laying of two water mains and a sewer. An existing three-inch water main was located towards the centre of Croke Street and Westgate. It was located 0.5-0.6m below ground level. A second water pipe, laid in the last 30 years, was present some 1.2m below ground level and running along the north side of Westgate. Existing ducts (ESB, etc.) ran along the south side of Westgate and the east side of Croke Street at a depth of 0.4m below ground level. The medieval wall of Thurles was believed to cross the road at the junction of West Gate and Friar Street. During excavation there was no trace of the wall in this area. It is probable that any wall in this location would have been destroyed during the laying of the original service pipes. Nothing of an archaeological nature was noted during the works.