- Kilpatrick/Rathlust, Co. Louth, Louth

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Louth Site name: Kilpatrick/Rathlust, Co. Louth

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR LH017-048 Licence number:


Site type: Graves of indeterminate date


ITM: E 696150m, N 786685m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.820780, -6.539700

In June 1947 human remains were discovered at a cemetery site in Kilpatrick townland, Co. Louth.179 The site had not been used as a burial ground for 150–160 years, and is reputed to be the site of an early church. The landowner, apparently interested in local history and antiquities, decided to excavate a depression at the west end of the ‘church’ which he thought was a grave. A few large, possibly worked slabs were exposed and some human bones and a piece of corroded iron were found. The site was reported to the Museum by Fr Dermot MacIvor of Ardee, Co. Louth. The NMI recommended that the site be kept intact and no excavation was carried out.

179. The site is on the border between Kilpatrick and Rathlust townlands, parish of Kildemock, barony of Ardee. SMR LH017-048——.