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June 18, 2010

Things have been a little quiet here lately. We’ve been extremely busy with a range of projects and blogging has been lower on our list of priorities for the past few weeks.  We’re also on the cusp of launching our new website, to replace our existing site which is now a little dated. One of the main features of the new site will be an environmental, archaeological and planning ‘hub’. Designed around and using ‘Buddypress’ (probably), it will provide our readers and experts in the range of relevant disciplines, with a user friendly, social networking style hub/arena to help other users understand the planning process, development guidelines, guides on where to go for further information and general tips. There will be special feature pages and news items as well as links to other sites of use. The idea is for it to be a moderated, open source tool for everyone, limited only by our time and the time of the moderators. Once its’s up and running we’ll add items over time and hope that others will assist in developing it. A clearer idea of the site will emerge in the coming weeks. So, check back over the next few weeks for updates.

We’re also migrating the blog to the new website, but I think there’ll be no need to update feedreaders or subscriptions – as far as I know you’ll be automatically redirected. All  earlier posts and comments will be available on the new site as well.


Draft Landscape Conservation Area for Tara Skryne

June 2, 2010

Just in from Meath County Council via the IAI:

Draft Tara Skryne Landscape Conservation Area

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 204 (4) of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 that Meath County Council has prepared a Draft Landscape Conservation Area for Tara Skryne. The Draft Landscape Conservation Area comprises of a written statement and a boundary map. A copy of the Draft Landscape Conservation Area will be available for public inspection at the following locations from Tuesday 4th May 2010 to Wednesday 16th June 2010 during normal office hours:

• Planning Office, Abbey Mall, Abbey rd, Navan, Co. Meath;

• Navan Town Council, Watergate St, Navan;

• Navan Library, Railway St, Navan.

• Dunshaughlin Area Office, Drumree Rd, Dunshaughlin


Copies of the Draft Landscape Conservation Area are available for purchase from the Planning Department, Abbey Mall, Abbey Rd, Navan, Co. Meath.

Please contact Lynda Thornton @ 046-9097566 or


Meath County Council hereby invites any interested parties to make submissions in respect of the Draft Landscape Conservation Area to the undersigned before 3.30 pm on Wednesday 16th June 2010. Any submissions or observations so made will be taken into consideration by the Council before the making of the Landscape Conservation Area for Tara Skryne. Submissions or observations in electronic format can be e-mailed to before 3.30pm on Wednesday 16th June 2010. Please make your submission by one medium only i.e. in hard copy or email. This will avoid the duplication of submission reference numbers and will streamline the process. Your assistance on this issue is appreciated. All submissions must be clearly marked submission to Draft Landscape Conservation Area for Tara Skryne.

The deadline for receipt of all submissions is Wednesday 16th June 2010.

Ireland as a National Monument

June 2, 2010

Here’s the Republic of Ireland mapped in National Monuments. The term “national monument” as defined in Section 2 of the National Monuments Act (1930) means a monument “the preservation of which is a matter of national importance by reason of the historical, architectural, traditional, artistic or archaeological interest attaching thereto” (link).

On the suggestion by Stan, here’s a (rough) overlay showing the outline of Ireland in the  context of the National Monuments:

Chevy Chase, Ireland

May 20, 2010

We’ve been tweeting unusual townland names as we encounter them around Ireland in the course of assessing projects, and for today we present the unusually named Chevy Chase, Co. Offaly, located to the northeast of Portalington.

Here’s the historic map with Chevy Chase House depicted in the top left…

OS Licence no. EN0020009

The Ozone

May 18, 2010

‘If the banks don’t get you down the head shop ban will, but at least the powers that be heaven’t copped on to bronze age booze yet’… writes Olaf Tyaransen in todays Herald (  He kindly links to our gallery. Thanks Olaf… But it was late afternoon for pints in Neachtain’s, I swear.

Meanwhile, after replacing our office modem, we seem to be unable to open any wordpress sites, including this blog. Eircom have no idea why this would be! No other site is giving us trouble. Any suggestions welcome..

PROBLEM RESOLVED: New modem arrived and alls well.

Sneak preview of our new website

May 14, 2010

Here’s a sneak preview of the splash page (draft version) for our new websites (Moore Archaeological & Environmental Services & Moore Marine), currently nearing completion over at Block5 design. We’re quite happy with it so far. I realise that this is not a groundbreaking, earth shattering event but I wanted to preview it and welcome any feedback on what features readers may like.

We intend to include a significant resource centre, which will have advice on planning, legislation and a whole range of topics which should be of assistance to anyone in the field of development as well as local community groups, single dwelling house developers and anyone with an interest in ecology, archaeology, cultural heritage, marine matters etc.. We’ll be welcoming submissions for the resource centre and will announce more about that in the near future.

We’ll be adding sections and pages detailing all our services and migrating the blog over to the website. We’ll also be announcing our new bespoke Ireland adventures – tours with our own singular twist… We had our first practise tour last week (just a short 2 hour tour of Galway City) and it was fine.. Well the group seemed to enjoy it (if any of you read this, feel free to leave a comment). More on the tours at a later date….


May 14, 2010

Two brief snippets today – WhenonGE (When on Google Earth) is still unsolved at Theoretical Structural Archaeology. For those who are unfamiliar with the game, It’s a game for archaeologists, or anybody else willing to have a go! The host posts a google earth image of an archaeological site, you try to identify the site in the picture.The first person to correctly identify the site, including its major period of occupation, wins the game and gets to host the next one on their own blog or a nominated blog.

And just up at is the latest 4 Stone Hearth Blog Carnival.