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Finnegans Sand Quarry,
Co Galway

MKO was commissioned by Finnegans Sand Ltd. to prepare a Planning and Environmental Report (PER), to accompany a planning application for an extension to the existing Finnegans Sand Quarry, Dunmore, Co. Galway. MKO acted as overall project managers, with responsibility for the preparation of the PER and planning application. Input from a number of specialists was also required during the course of the project. Planning permission for the quarry extension was granted by Galway County Council in March 2023.

View of wet grassland to the SE of Site

View of Site 2

View of landscape on site

View of Site 1

Project challenges

The proposed extension area was considered to be below the threshold for developments that require the preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment Report. Therefore, MKO undertook a comprehensive EIA Screening Exercise, which included a sub-threshold assessment in accordance with Schedule 7 Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended).

MKO prepared the PER to document the current state of the environment in the vicinity of the proposed development site to quantify the possible effects, if any, of the proposed development on the environment. The cultural heritage assessment indicated that given the presence of recorded archaeological monuments in the vicinity of the site, the archaeological potential of the proposed development area was increased. Mitigation measures proposed in the cultural heritage assessment included pre-development archaeological testing, preservation in situ (avoidance) and preservation by record (excavation).

Main services provided


Strategic planning advice


Pre-application consultation


EIA screening report


Planning and Environmental Report (PER) preparation


Archaeological investigation and testing


Planning application preparation and management


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