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Launch of "Archaeological Excavations at South Main Street 2003-2005"


The Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Kenneth O’ Flynn officially launched the publication Archaeological Excavations at South Main Street 2003-2005 on 26th August 2014 in the Council Chambers, City Hall, Cork.

Archaeological Excavations at South Main Street 2003-2005 is the eighth book on the archaeology and history of Cork to be published by Cork City Council. This publication outlines the results of two large-scale excavations, which took place at 36-39 and 40-48 South Main Street. Both sites are located in close proximity to the South Gate Bridge, one of the main entrances to the medieval walled city of Cork. The results of the excavations are significant, as they have added to our knowledge of the formation and development of Cork City.

The excavations were carried out as a condition of planning permission with the financial support of the owners and developers of the sites, Mr. Paul Kenny of Kenny Homes Ltd and also Mr. Michael Conway and Mr. Michael Cronin of Frinailla Developments. The excavations were undertaken by Sheila Lane and Associates and the Department of Archaeology, UCC. Cork City Council, through the Cork City Heritage Plan 2009-2012, proposed an action to disseminate information on these significant archaeological excavations.

With the financial support of the Heritage Council and in partnership with the Department of Archaeology, Cork City Council, through the City Archaeologist undertook to publish the reports.

Cork City Council and the Department of Archaeology, University College Cork have an exemplary record of collaboration and this book shows what can be achieved by pooling resources, experience and expertise.

The Heritage Council, through funding and support of this publication, has helped in positioning Cork City as a leader in the field of urban excavation publication. Mr. Conor Newman, Chairman of the Heritage Council was also in attendance at the launch.

This publication greatly demonstrates why we need to protect and record our archaeological heritage, but most importantly why it is incumbent on all those involved to make the information publicly accessible. It is co-edited by Dr. Maurice F. Hurley and Ciara Brett, City Archaeologist, Cork City Council.

The publication is available directly from the City Archaeologist, Ciara Brett (, 021-4924705) and is also available in Liam Ruiseal's Bookshop.

 Launch of Archaeological Excavations at South Main Street 2003-2005

Left to right: Prof. William O'Brien, UCC; Ciara Brett, City Archaeologist; Dr. Maurice F.Hurley; Deputy Lord Mayor; Cllr. O'Flynn, Conor Newman, The Heritage Council & Patrick Ledwidge, Director of Services, Strategic Planning & Economic Development.



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