Council rejects Vicar Street claims

Sam Matthews

Reporter:

Sam Matthews

Houses on Vicar Street due for demolition.
There is insufficient evidence to definitively date the south gable wall of No 22 Vicar Street, Kilkenny County Council has said.

There is insufficient evidence to definitively date the south gable wall of No 22 Vicar Street, Kilkenny County Council has said.

Yesterday, the local group opposing the Central Access Scheme claimed that medieval remains had been identified in the building on Vicar Street marked for demolition. Archaeologist Coilin O’ Drisceoil said that remains onsite are part of the ‘Manse House’ for the ‘Prebendary of Tascoffin.

However, the local authority today issued its own statement saying there is insufficient evidence at present to date the gable wall, and that it was becoming less likely the houses remains are that of the ‘Manse House’.

Surveys and investigations by consultant archaeologists Valerie J Keeley Ltd and architectural and historical buildings specialist Rob Goodbody are continuing on Vicar Street under licence and supervision of the Dept of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

This wall is on the line of a planned footpath for the proposed Central Access Scheme and is parallel to the line of the proposed new street. At this stage, all render has been removed from the three houses.

“Substantial portions of the wall are modern and the architectural building survey and archaeological investigations currently underway will inform this process,” said the council statement.

“To date there is no substantive evidence to support the view that these remains represent a ‘Manse House’ for the Prebendary of Tascoffin. Indeed at this point research indicates a move away from this theory.”

Kilkenny County Council says it intends to continue the process to its conclusion “within the context of our already established commitment to and respect of our heritage in Kilkenny City and county.”