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Environmental impact assessment of Charles Stewart Parnells Quarry at Arklow
In the course of carrying out the historical research for the Cultural Heritage section of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of a quarry at Arklow, Co. Wicklow it emerged that the quarry had originally been opened by Charles Stewart Parnell in 1884. While Parnell was a busy politician, holding a seat in the House of Commons, President of the Land League, leader of the Irish Parliamentary party and campaigning for Home Rule, he also took a practical interest in industrial development. In 1883 Dublin Corporation awarded him a contract for stone paving setts. The following year he rented land at Big Rock near Arklow from his cousin William Proby, Earl of Carysfort, and began to quarry and produce the setts. He introduced a number of innovations to the quarry including machinery to produce macadam. Hoping to develop an export market for Irish stone he was also involved in developing the Arklow harbour facilities and constructed an inclined railway from the quarry to Arklow harbour.


Ordnance Survey plan of the Parnell Quarry in 1910.

   
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Brownstown Quarry Project
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