- Monkstown Castlefarm, Co. Dublin, Dublin

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Dublin Site name: Monkstown Castlefarm, Co. Dublin

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR DU023-068 Licence number:




ITM: E 723562m, N 727695m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.285148, -6.146907

In November 1968 human remains were discovered during the digging of foundation trenches for a dwelling house off Lower Mounttown Road, Dun Laoghaire, in the townland of Monkstown Castlefarm.84 The trenches had been dug in a grid pattern over an area measuring 30m by 12m. Portions of skulls and long bones were visible in some of the section faces at a depth of 0.3–0.6m. The site was investigated by John Waddell. In at least one case a burial lay above, apparently disturbing, an earlier burial below it. It was not possible to establish the disposition of the skeletons, but the fact that only one part of any skeleton was visible in a section seemed to suggest that they were extended. It was not possible to trace the outline of any grave-pits. No associated artefacts were found with any of the burials. No excavation took place, as the foundations of the house were to seal the remains.85

84.Parish of Monkstown, barony of Rathdown. The site lay on the grounds of a demolished manor, Mounttown House. IGR 323638 227667. SMR DU023-068——.
85. The remains were not acquired by the Museum.