by Teresa Bolger
The recently agreed programme for government includes various commitments to address climate change and increase biodiversity. There is a stated ambition that the renewable energy sources will meet 70% of Ireland’s electricity requirements by 2030. So, we can expect a continuing focus on sustainable energy projects.
While windfarms have been a well-established approach, recent years have seen a massive growth in planning applications for solar farms—generating power from photovoltaic (PV) arrays. Rubicon has provided pre-planning advice for 56 proposed solar farm projects since 2014, primarily in Ireland but also in the UK. A number of these are currently still in progress but the majority have been successful in obtaining planning permission.
By John O’Connor
‘Navigate their way around the ha-ha, keep their distance from the ho-ho and completely ignore the he-he’ (Terry Pratchett – Snuff)
By Bruce Sutton
As part of works along the N26 Cloongullaun Bridge Realignment Scheme, Co. Mayo, Rubicon Heritage completed the excavation of a large intact burnt mound with two underlying wood lined troughs and associated features. The works were directed by Bruce Sutton, who led a small experienced team of four archaeologists. All works are managed by Mayo County Council National Roads Office and funded by Transport Infrastructure Ireland. Archaeological works were administered by the Project Archaeologist Richard Gillespie, who also completed the initial test-trenching which identified the site in 2019. Ongoing post-excavation works, based on dating, specialist analyses and research will help further interpret the site.
This talk focuses on post-excavation analysis and reporting; what it is, why it needs to be done and why it is a critical part of the archaeological works process.
This talk focuses on construction contracts; how requirements for archaeological services are included within construction contracts and the kind of contract structure used in the commissioning of standalone archaeological works.
This is the fourth talk in our new webinar series. This talk focuses on risk management; how to manage archaeology as a risk item within the lifetime of a construction project.
This talk focuses on archaeological methods and practices; what archaeologists do and how they do it.
We have launched a new Webinar series today, featuring Teresa Bolger one of our Senior Archaeologists, based in our Dublin Office. The first episode is an introduction to the Definition, Significance and Legal Framework of Archaeology in Ireland - we'll be adding episodes weekly so stay tuned and please subscribe to our channel!
by Dawn Gooney
Archaeological monitoring of construction groundworks was carried out in conjunction with construction of Luas Cross City, a light rail project that extended the Luas Green Line northwest through the centre of the city. These works were undertaken by Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd. for SISK Steconfer Joint Venture Ltd (SSJV) on behalf of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). Archaeological test trenching identified two NE–SW orientated parallel ‘charnel’ trenches—containing disarticulated human remains and archaeological excavations were carried out over winter from October 2015 to February 2016.
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