- Rathlaheen South, Co. Clare, Clare

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Clare Site name: Rathlaheen South, Co. Clare

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR CL051-197 Licence number:

Author:

Site type: GRAVES OF INDETERMINATE DATE

ITM: E 542763m, N 667342m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.754097, -8.847891

In July 1962 the upper portion of a human skeleton was discovered during the construction of water works for Shannon Airport near Newmarket-on-Fergus, south-east Co. Clare.54 The human remains were collected by the Gardaí at Newmarket-on-Fergus and the site was reported to the NMI by Sergeant Foley. According to his account, the bones had been discovered at the water’s edge at the southern tip of Rosroe Lough on the lands of Mr John Meehan. The bones lay at a depth of 1.2m in boggy soil beside a log of oak. The site was at an altitude of 40–50m above sea level. No other associated artefacts were found. The SMR for the area lists a number of enclosures and ringforts in the townland but no associated burial sites. The site was not visited by NMI staff and the human remains were reburied locally (Fredengren, forthcoming).

54. Parish of Tomfinlough, barony of Bunratty Lower. OS 6in. sheet 51. IGR 142800 167300. SMR CL051- 197——.