- Coolalough, Co. Westmeath, Westmeath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Westmeath Site name: Coolalough, Co. Westmeath

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR WM037-015 Licence number:


Site type: Graves ofindeterminate date


ITM: E 628550m, N 737679m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.388510, -7.570810

In November 1940 human remains were discovered during the construction of a new road by the Land Commission at Coolalough, near Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath.284 The remains were found at a depth of c. 0.6m below ground level in a pit approximately 1.8m long.285 According to the foreman on the site, there were no associated artefacts or slabs in the vicinity. The site was visited by the Gardaí at Kilbeggan, who sent the bones (1940:313) and a report to the NMI.

284. Parish of Ardnurcher or Horseleap, barony of Moycashel. SMR WM037-015——.
285. The disposition of the remains is not described, but the fact that they lay in a pit c. 1.8m long suggests that it was an extended burial.