Archaeologist to supervise upgrade of John’s Square

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A FULL-time archaeologist has been appointed to supervise major upgrade works at the historic John’s Square.

A FULL-time archaeologist has been appointed to supervise major upgrade works at the historic John’s Square.

Work began earlier this week as part of a €1 million upgrade of the area, which was approved by Limerick City Council more than two years ago.

The works, which are expected to continue until the end of the year, will see new surfaces being laid, the pedestrianisation of part of the square and the introduction of a one-way traffic system.

A full-time archaeologist has been appointed to work on the project due to the historic significance of the area.

According to Vincent Murray, senior executive engineer at Limerick City Council, it is likely there will be a number of significant archaeological finds during the works.

“There could be a lot of bones and remains due to the number of sieges and wars that took place in the area,” he said adding that the upgrade works could be delayed if there is a find of major archaeological importance.

“It is an immensely historic area and I have no idea what the archaeologists are going to find down there but I am certain they will find some artifacts,” said Cllr Diarmuid Scully, who is the author of ‘Unconquered City’ which is set during the Siege of Limerick in 1690.