Archaeology students from University College Cork have exposed a stretch of the old city wall of Cork.

Against the odds, the city of Cork was built on the bed of the River Lee, a task that has fascinated builders and historians over the years. 

At the end of December 1980, workers clearing a site at the northern corner of Grand Parade and Tuckey Street in Cork, uncovered a stretch of the old wall of the city. Building work was halted to allow a group of archaeologists from University College Cork (UCC) to move in. The students, under the supervision of Professor Michael J O'Kelly, have since exposed an almost perfect 30 metre stretch of the old city walls.

Professor O'Kelly says maps from around 1600 show differing lines for the wall at Grand Parade.

This run of wall will enable us to locate the line exactly on the map.

Surveying another part of city wall currently under the Stardust Club will allow the archaeologists join the line for the length of Grand Parade. Two other parts of the city wall have been discovered nearby, and artifacts found including fragments of pottery from the 13th century, animal bones and debris that, 

When fully studied will give us more of a picture of the daily life of the citizens than we've had hitherto.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 January 1981. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.