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This archaeological excavation report relates to the recording and preservation of the relict basal remains of this nineteenth century mill discovered during archaeological monitoring at Ballyseedy, Tralee, Co. Kerry (Figure 1). All archaeological works at the mill were undertaken under licence, 04E0307. In advance of this excavation Eachtra Archaeological Projects were engaged by Kerry County Council to undertake a programme of archaeological works on the N21 (J11) between Tralee and the townland of Ballycarty. The contract is known as the J11, Ballycarty and Tralee Road Improvement Scheme. It extends for 2.9km through the townlands of Ballingowan, Ballycarty, Ballyseedy, Caherbreagh, Curraghleha East and Manor East on the northern side of the existing N21 (Figs. 1 and 2). The townlands are located in the area of the Lee River Valley in the parishes of Ballymacelligott, Ballyseedy and Ratass, in the barony of Trughanacmy. Phase I of the works involved a programme of archaeological testing (Licence nos. 03E1614-03E1623) at specific pre-selected locations along the new road section based on the results of a programme of geophysical testing undertaken on behalf of Kerry County Council. Phase II of the works involved monitoring of topsoil stripping along the length of the route under licence 03E1701. During monitoring in the townland of Ballyseedy the basal foundations of a cornmill were recorded at the southern end of a new link road (Chainage 230-300 / Nat. Grid. 087890/112710 (Figs. 1 & 2). The area of the link road in Ballyseedy townland was not included in the programme of geophysical testing and there was no mention of the mill in the cultural section of the Environmental Impact Statement undertaken in advance of construction. Following inclusive discussions with Eachtra Archaeological Projects, Kerry County Council and the road contractor, D. Moriarty, The Kerries Ltd., and liaison with the National Monuments Service, DoEHLG (formerly Dúchas) a programme of works was agreed to preserve the foundations of the mill in situ.