- Esker, Co. Galway, Galway

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Galway Site name: Esker, Co. Galway

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR GA109-065 Licence number:

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Site type: GRAVES OF INDETERMINATE DATE

ITM: E 600396m, N 716023m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.194649, -7.994080

In April 1937 seven human skulls and other bones were discovered during the digging of foundations for a house at Esker, near Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.106 The remains were discovered at a depth of approximately 0.4m below the ground surface. The site was reported to the Garda Síochána at Banagher, and the report was relayed to the National Museum by the superintendent at Birr station. The site was not visited by National Museum personnel.

106. The exact location of the find was not recorded. The townland index lists four townlands in County Galway by the name of Esker. Given that the site was near Ballinasloe and also clearly near the border with County Offaly, it is probable that it is in the Esker on OS 6in. sheet 109, in the parish of Clonfert and barony of Longford. SMR GA109-065——.