Galway Wind Park

Galway Wind Park is Ireland’s largest wind farm development, comprising 58 turbines and covering an area of over 40km2 with the capacity to power 140,000 homes. AMS were retained by the construction contractor, Roadbridge, to produce an archaeological management plan for the development, including mechanisms for the preservation of archaeological monuments.

We then conducted archaeological monitoring, surveys of known and newly discovered archaeological sites, and an architectural survey of 19th-century vernacular farm buildings, kilns and other structures. We carried out folklore studies within the community and public outreach and dissemination initiatives including talks, school visits and publications. On the basis of a portion of this work, an article was published in Archaeology Ireland examining the form and function of some concealed poteen stills identified during the fieldwork. We also developed a proposal for the conservation of some of the vernacular buildings.

AMS has since been engaged by Roadbridge to carry out licensed archaeological monitoring for the Meenwaun Wind Farm outside Banagher in Co. Offaly.