- Garrymore, Co. Galway, Galway

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Galway Site name: Garrymore, Co. Galway

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR GA087-264SMR GA087-088SMR GA087-032 Licence number:

Author:

Site type: GRAVES OF INDETERMINATE DATE

ITM: E 575315m, N 729554m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.315681, -8.370450

In March 1956 a human skull was discovered during quarrying operations at a sandpit in the townland of Garrymore, near Aughrim, Co. Galway.109 According to the landowner, Mr William McHugh, the sandpit had not been in use for approximately fifteen years. The find was reported to Gardaí at Kilconnell Garda Station, who informed the National Museum. The Gardaí visited the site and reported that the remains were found at a depth of 0.46m and appeared to be a complete burial. At the Museum’s request, the Gardaí examined the area for evidence of stones around the burial, but none were noticed. No associated artefacts were found with the burial. The remains were not removed, however, as the sandpit ceased to be exploited.

109. Parish of Aughrim, barony of Kilconnell, Co. Galway. SMR GA087-264——; exact location not marked. The townland contains a holy well (SMR GA087-088) and a graveyard that also borders two other townlands (SMR GA087-032). It is not known whether the burial is associated with either of these sites. The Gardaí suggested that the burial might be associated with the Battle of Aughrim.