2004:0659 - SWORDS ROAD, WHITEHALL, Dublin

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Dublin Site name: SWORDS ROAD, WHITEHALL

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

Author: William O. Frazer, Margaret Gowen & Co. Ltd, 27 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 716616m, N 737826m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.377724, -6.247298

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 G‡is 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.