- Glennanammer, Co. Roscommon, Roscommon

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Roscommon Site name: Glennanammer, Co. Roscommon

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR RO041-119 Licence number:


Site type: Graves of indeterminate date

ITM: E 587819m, N 755449m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.548828, -8.183810

In May 1961 the National Museum received a report from Mr J.G. Delaney, a well-known folklore collector, that a megalithic tomb known locally as the ‘Giant’s Grave’ had been destroyed during bulldozing operations at Glennanammer, near Curraghboy, Co. Roscommon.241 The bulldozing had been observed by a local man, Mr Thomas Murray, who described the monument as having been formed of ‘three big rocks, about 5 to 6 tons in weight each in the usual form of a cromlech, two with the third going across them’. He also noticed that there were three sets of bones lying parallel to each other. Some of the human remains were retrieved and acquired by the NMI.

The grave was located in a flat field with numerous rock outcrops. Much of the rock outcrop and all the stones of the tomb had been removed in the course of the bulldozing operations, and had been placed close to the field fence. A stone from this large collection was stated by Mr Murray to have come from one of the sides of the chamber. It was a rough stone apparently showing no attempts at dressing and measured 1.5m wide, 0.6m high and 0.25m in average thickness. He also described a large bottom flag or floor within the chamber. The floor flag had not been removed but was covered again in the bulldozing operations. The bones had turned up on a level with the floor flag, still apparently in situ, at a depth of c. 1.2m below ground level. No other features or artefacts were noticed in the vicinity of the human remains (1961:139).

241. Parish of Athleague, barony of Athlone North. SMR RO041-119——.