River Suir Greenway: Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary

December 22, 2016

River Suir Greenway: Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary
No Archaeology
S23672288 to S39422189
SMR 083:022; 083:032; 084:0007; 084:009; 084:019; 085:008

Licence for Archaeological Monitoring of the River Suir Greenway was granted and works which commenced on 17th August 2015, remain on-going. This 22km riverbank works is designed to reinstate the north bank of the river to make it publicly accessible for the purpose of a cycle and pedestrian path. Provision was made between the National Monuments Services and Tipperary County Council for archaeological monitoring of tranches of the works. This comprised archaeological monitoring of six locations of potential impacts, in which the path traverses the constraints zones of six recorded monuments (listed above). A further thirteen spot check locations were identified for inspection during occurrences of ground works. While all are located at roughly regular intervals along the route of works, seven are also coincident with locations of built heritage (being small tributary stream stone bridges, possible 17th-18th century towpath locations, or tow path associated structures). The towpath structures have received build heritage recording and are not being impacted by the works.

Ground works involves mechanical excavation of up to 2m wide strip paralleling the river and of 0.15 to 0.2m in depth. The principal element of the works to date has entailed preparatory works (in advance of ground works). To date, four locations have received archaeological monitoring. The archaeological is monitoring on-going. No archaeology has so far been encountered.

Dr. Niall Gregory
Clonmel Road,
Co. Tipperary