Dublin City Archaeological Archive/Smithfield Distillery Site (95E0108) Collection

Repository: Dublin City Archives

Identity Statement

TitleDublin City Archaeological Archive/Smithfield Distillery Site (95E0108) Collection
Archive ReferenceIE DCLA/DCAA/10/02
Web Link to this Entryhttps://iar.ie/archive/dublin-city-archaeological-archivesmithfield-distillery-site-collection
Creation Dates1992-1995
Extent Medium4 folders and plans


Creator(s): Judith Carroll and Co Ltd

  • Administrative History ↴

    Judith Carroll and Company, Archaeological Consultants (11-13 Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2), are a group of professional archaeologists based in Dublin but working countrywide. They offer a wide range of archaeological services to both public and private clients; carrying out excavations, assessments, trial testing and monitoring for developments of all scales. Judith Carroll and Co. have produced a number of publications including "Dublin city: sources for archaeologists" (2003) and reports on excavations at Balrothery, Co. Dublin (2008). Judith Carroll and Co. carry out archaeological investigations under the Planning and Development Acts (2000) and the National Monuments Acts and Amendments (1930-2004). The assessment took place on the 1.5-acre site of the disused distillery at Smithfield, which is bounded by Bow St., Friary Lane and Church St. New, between 12 and 30 June 1995. The work was carried out at the request of the developer, Heritage Properties Ltd.Though there is no direct archaeological or historical evidence to suggest that this particular site in Smithfield was occupied during medieval times, the site is probably situated in one of the most historically important areas of Dublin, north of the Liffey. From the evidence of historical maps and records, it may be in the centre of the area of Oxmantown, the earliest Viking settlement north of the Liffey. It is only a few metres away from the present boundary wall of the medieval ecclesiastical site of St Michan's, which was founded in the late 11th century. The site comprises a complex of many buildings, all related to the old distillery, many of which will be preserved. All through the site, foundations for massive structures, huge vat-stands, pits and networks of deep cellaring had disturbed the ground well below natural subsoil. Though trial-trenches and test-pits were cut at 17 different points, no layers, finds or features of any archaeological significance, or warranting further investigation, were found during the trial-trenching.
  • Archival History ↴

    Transferred by Judith Carroll to Dublin City Archives 26 February 2014
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Judith Carroll and Co Ltd ↴

    This collection contains archaeological excavation records from a site at the former distillery at Smithfield, Dublin 7, excavated by Judith Carroll. Includes reports, administrative material, plans and photographs. Also contains reports from other testing programmes in the vicinity including a report from programme of test-trenching carried out by Mary McMahon at 37-38 Smithfield (93E0052).

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    Arranged according to document type.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions The collection will be made available for public research in February 2017, three years after the donation date. During the closure period the collection will be made available for research only to members of Judith Carroll and Co. Ltd. or to person/s nominated by them in writing and the Terms of Membership of DCLA, including photocopying charges, will apply to all such persons.
Conditions Governing ReproductionThe terms of the Copyright and Related Acts (2000) allows DCLA to provide photocopies of material for research purposes only. Researchers wishing to publish will be obliged to write to Judith Carroll and Co. Ltd. for permission to do so.
Creation Dates1992-1995
Extent Medium4 folders and plans
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids Box list available on DCAA database in Dublin City Library and Archive Reading Room Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Publication NoteDatabase of Irish excavations reports, www.excavations.ie.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteNoelle Mitchell
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions41716