Wednesday 22 May 2019

Call for probe as circular features found near ancient burial site on Cosgrave's former land

Culture and Heritage Minister Josepha Madigan. Photo: Peter Cavanagh Photography
Culture and Heritage Minister Josepha Madigan. Photo: Peter Cavanagh Photography
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A group of south Dublin residents is calling on the local council to investigate two circular features it has discovered close to an ancient burial site on lands once owned by former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave.

The Ballyboden Tidy Towns committee spotted the two circles while it was examining the archaeological dig that was being carried out on the lands now owned by a property developer who has applied for planning permission to carry out works on the site.

While it is not known if the two newly discovered circles have any historical relevance, the committee wants the area examined. It was initially believed that the burial site may have been of Bronze Age origin, but a report submitted to South Dublin County Council by the developers indicates that the remains are medieval.

Test excavations were carried out last August which confirmed the presence of a ring fort type of enclosure and human remains.

"A preliminary assessment would indicate that there are a minimum of 37 burials at this location, with more potentially surviving," the survey says.

Culture and Heritage Minister Josepha Madigan has said the features discovered are common in nature and therefore there is no basis for making it subject to legal protection under the National Monuments Acts.

Irish Independent

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