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Campaign for a Full Excavation

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Financial donations: Permanent TSB, Ardkeen, Waterford, Ireland Sort Code: 990647 Acc: 86591747

Help Support our Campaign for a Full Excavation by Writing to Waterford City Council

you can copy and edit the now dated (2004) suggested text below to suit your own interests, sign and post it.

or write - email to
Minister for the Environment, Custom House, Dublin 1 - minister@environment.ie or locall 1890 20 20 21
An Taoiseach, Dáil Éireann, Dublin 2 - webmaster@taoiseach.gov.ie or locall 1890 227 227
Minister for Transport, 44 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 - info@transport.ie locall 1890 44 33 11
National Roads Authority NRA, St Martin’s House, Waterloo Road, Dublin 4 - info@nra.ie 01 660 25 11 ext 269

Letter to Waterford City Council (from local)

Waterford City Council
City Hall
The Mall Waterford

Dear Sir / Madam

I am writing in connection with the recent discovery of the magnificent site at Woodstown. I am a resident of Waterford and I have been very interested in the limited amount which I have been able to learn about the site to date. I understand that a large part of the area is currently in the possession of Waterford City Council and I would like to add my voice to those calling for an archaeological excavation of the settlement.

Minister Roche has been reported in both national and local media as holding out the possibility that government funds might be provided for such a task and I feel it is important that we exploit this possibility.

Woodstown has the potential to provide fantastic new information on Waterford's maritime and Scandinavian heritage and its location, on the outskirts of the new WIT campus at Carriganore, is an obvious asset to be exploited by a research and training group based in that location. Such a group could not only investigate and publish the evidence from Woodstown but could also be instrumental in providing technical and business-orientated courses of the type in which WIT already excels. 

The many contract archaeological firms currently working in Ireland are crying out for such facilities and we could thus marry the need for Waterford to investigate and exploit this unique discovery with the provision of courses which could attract students from throughout the country.

Thanking you,

Letter to Waterford City Council

Waterford City Council
City Hall
The Mall Waterford

Dear Sir/Madam

I am writing in connection with the recent discovery of the magnificent site at Woodstown. I live outside Waterford but I have been very interested in the limited amount which I have been able to learn about the site to date.

I understand that a large part of the area is currently in the possession of Waterford City Council and I would like to add my voice to those calling for an archaeological excavation of the settlement. Minister Roche has been reported in both national and local media as holding out the possibility that government funds might be provided for such a task and I feel it is important that this possibility is exploited.

Woodstown is a site of national Irish and indeed European importance, providing as it does, the potential to investigate the earliest Viking town from the Atlantic
colonies of Scandinavia. Since the original fort was established in the days of St Patrick, it will also give us information on the last days of Irish paganism and the
introduction of Christianity to a country which was never conquered by the Romans and this too, has important implications for our understanding of European civilisations north of the Alps.

A proper investigation of the Woodstown site with emphasis on publication and dissemination of the results and the provision of a heritage centre would greatly enhance Waterford's many attractions as a tourist resort. I, for one, would be eager to visit such a facility.

Thanking you,

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