Research & Analysis

Research and analysis has been a core activity since 1997. This is divided into two strands:

Scientific Research investigating how and why historic structures and materials fail, and how to conserve them

Historical & Archaeological Research exploring the significance of archaeological monuments, historic buildings and places.

The selection of projects below reflect key research interests, including the weathering, decay, cleaning, repair and conservation of stone, brick and mortar masonry structures; teaching and learning; and studies of particular buildings or areas.

Architectural Conservation Research
Stone Monuments Decay Study 2010
Irish Medieval and Post-Medieval Mortars: An Overview
An Assessment of the Vulnerability of Coastal Stone Monuments in the Republic of Ireland
Potential Impacts of Climate Change on the Weathering, Decay and Soiling of Irish Building Stone.
Sources of Stone for Conservation Works: Problems, Opportunities, Restrictions and Potential
Stone Decay Study of Monuments in South and West Cork, the Iveragh and Dingle Peninsulas of Co. Kerry and Selected Bedrock Areas of Co. Donegal.
Stone Monuments Decay Study 2000

Metal conservation

Historical Research
Martello Towers of Dublin
Rothe House Renaissance Project
A Guide to Researching Maritime Archaeology in Ireland
Ireland and International Martello Tower Design
Directory of Archaeological Sources for Co. Kildare
Discovering Historic Fingal: a Guide to the Study of Monuments, Historic Buildings and Landscapes
Guide to Archaeological Sources for County Sligo
The Coastal Architecture of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Co. Dublin

Brick analysis


Case Studies

Dalkey Islands Conservation Plan 2014-2024
Conservation Plan for Our Ladys Island, Co. Wexford
Moygara Castle, Co. Sligo: Radiocarbon Dating of Lime Mortar
Early Medieval Trade and the Exploitation and Transport of Stone
Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Archaeology Access Study
Condition Survey of Archaeological Monuments in County Monaghan
Kanturk Castle, Co. Cork: Stone Weathering Study and Draft Conservation Management Plan
Draft Framework Heritage Management Plan for the Dalkey Islands, Co. Dublin

Stone decay and water ingress