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Luas

Georgian cellars and cobbled road found during Luas Cross City dig

The initial construction work on the Luas line began with the infilling of cellars.

THE LUAS CROSS City line construction kicked off last month with a dig to uncover Georgian cellars around the capital.

So far, cellars have been found around the city that had gone unnoticed and unused for many years.

At one stage, a cobbled road was even found under the existing road on Parnell St. Archaeologists have been working with the construction teams during the street works.

A cellar crown (roof) on Westmoreland St. Pic: Luas Cross City

On Dawson St, the works beside South Anne Street uncovered two cellars, while four – which had already been filled in – were found in total on St Stephen’s Green north.

Six cellars were found at the College Green end of Westmoreland St, with one cellar going right out under the street. Eight cellars were found at the north end of Westmoreland St.

Pic: Luas Cross City

At one stage, a Georgian coal hole was found on Westmoreland street, containing coal that had been there for hundreds of years, said Luas Cross City.

The infilling of cellars is continuing in order to create space for the diversion of utilities for the final construction of the Luas line.

A cellar in front of eircom on Marlborough St. Pic: Luas Cross City

Initially, 25 cellars were identified along the route, but it was believed a number of unknown cellars would be located and treated during the works. The Irish Georgian Society expressed its disappointment in May that the cellars were being filled in.

The streets being affected by the works are:

  • St Stephen’s Green north
  • Westmoreland St
  • Parnell St
  • Dawson St
  • Marlborough St
  • Dominick St
  • Grafton St Lower

A new map of the Luas line. Pic: Luascrosscity.ie

The cost of the project is €368 million, and up to 800 jobs will be created during the construction phase.

All photographs used with permission of Luas Cross City.

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