- Gibbet Rath, Co. Kildare, Kildare

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Kildare Site name: Gibbet Rath, Co. Kildare

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR KD023-111 Licence number:

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Site type: GRAVES OF INDETERMINATE DATE

ITM: E 679027m, N 716120m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.189651, -6.817474

In April 1967 human remains were discovered during the digging of foundations to refurbish a monument—the Priest’s Grave—at Gibbet Rath on the Curragh Plain, Co. Kildare.125 The skull was brought to the National Museum for examination and the site was visited a week later by Étienne Rynne. According to Fr P. Mac Suibhne, who was having the monument refurbished, the location was traditionally regarded as being the grave of a priest who was killed on the Curragh in 1798 during the massacre of the insurgents by the British troops under the command of General Duff. The monument is a familiar landmark on the Curragh, about midway between Gibbet Rath and Strawhall. No associated artefacts or grave structure were noted, and the skull was reburied on site.

125. Parish of Kildare, barony of East Offaly. SMR KD023-111——.