Draft Carrickmines Castle Conservation Plan 2015 - 2025

Closed 6 Nov 2015

Opened 21 Sep 2015


The Carrickmines Castle site came to prominence during the construction of the South-Eastern Motorway (M50)  when archaeological excavations revealed that the site was considerably more extensive than previously thought.  

The Conservation Plan has been prepared by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in fulfilment of a Ministerial Directive issued by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government dated 5th August 2004.

One part of this directive stated that:

‘A Conservation Plan for the area containing the structures and features to be preserved in situ should be submitted to the NMS [National Monuments Service] before the completion of the archaeological mitigation works. The plan should include a detailed architectural assessment of the farmhouse and other structures. Proposals for the long-term conservation of the area of the monument to be preserved in situ should also be included'.

The final report on the archaeological excavations at the site were submitted to the Council in August 2012, allowing the conservation plan process to begin with full knowledge of what has been discovered during archaeological investigations.

The Carrickmines Caslte site is in the ownership and management of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. The site is in a peripheral location between the M50 motorway and a slip road.

This Conservation Plan will guide the conservation and management of what remains of the site for the next ten years.

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