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 also carried out folklore studies within the community, along with public outreach and dissemination initiatives. These included: 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.