No archaeological significance
Test excavation and monitoring was undertaken in Abbeyfeale between June and December 2007 during the construction of a metropolitan area network as part of the Shannon broadband project. The excavation phase of the project involved the opening of a series of trenches throughout the town centre and its surrounding hinterland. All of the trenches were located along roads, either in the carriageway proper or the adjoining verge or footpath. There were no river crossings other than at existing bridges. The trenches were 0.6m wide and excavated to a standard depth of 0.9m in carriageways and 0.6m in verges/footpaths. Junction boxes (1.25m2) were excavated where two or more trenches intersected and at regular intervals along long straight sections. All works within the extensive area of constraint surrounding the abbey and graveyard were monitored on a full-time basis. In addition a single test-trench was excavated 3m from the entrance to the graveyard. The remainder of the works were subject to intermittent monitoring. No archaeological features, finds or deposits were encountered during the course of this work.
Tamás Petérváry, Dominic Delany & Associates, Unit 3, Howley Court, Oranmore, Co. Galway.
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