2004:0659 - WHITEHALL: Swords Road, Dublin

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Dublin Site name: WHITEHALL: Swords Road

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 04E0709

Author: William O. Frazer, Margaret Gowan & Co.

Site type: No archaeology found

Period/Dating: N/A

ITM: E 717085m, N 741608m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.411597, -6.238847

Testing was undertaken in May 2004 in response to a request for additional information attached to a planning application. The development site lies within the townland of Clonturk, along the Swords road just north of Drumcondra. At the time of testing, the site contained a restaurant, a service yard (northeast) and a landscaped carpark (south-west). It is bounded on the north-west by the Swords road, on the north-east by a Bord Gáis main terminal and the grounds of the Alzheimer's Centre, on the south-east by the Regency Airport Hotel and on the south-west by the access road to the hotel, Gracepark Manor and the Seven Oaks residential development.

Underground services criss-crossed the site and—with the presence of the restaurant and service yard covering almost half of the site—were a major factor in the methodology and layout of the testing regime. Several other unmarked services that further curtailed the extent of testing were encountered during the assessment, such that a total of 14.8m of trenches were excavated to sterile natural subsoil at 0.45–0.5m below present ground level. No archaeology was unearthed anywhere on the site.

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