Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
149. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent of the archaeological excavation being undertaken at Kilkenny Castle; if the missing south wall is exposed and put in context with the castle; if it will be left on public display and be appropriately protected; if historical items found during the course of the excavation will be put on public display in the castle; if he will use the public presentation of the south wall of the castle to highlight the damage done by the Cromwellian forces and the confederation period of the history of Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37336/19]
The archaeological excavation currently being undertaken at Kilkenny Castle, under licence to the National Monuments Service, is limited to a confined area in the castle courtyard and will last from Tuesday 3rd September until approximately Friday 20th September. The excavation is concentrating on the remains of the 13th century gatehouse. The OPW will consider leaving the remains on display to the public, subject to adherence to health and safety requirements. Any artefacts found on site will be given to the National Museum of Ireland who will determine their significance. The OPW will make efforts to have any items of significance put on permanent display at Kilkenny Castle. Because of its significance in the story of the castle, the Cromwellian siege of the Castle would form part of any public presentation.