- Ballyknockan, Co. Laois, Laois

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Laois Site name: Ballyknockan, Co. Laois

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR LA018-069 Licence number:


Site type: Graves of indeterminate date

ITM: E 648118m, N 693656m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.991470, -7.283290

In June 1968 human remains were discovered during tree-felling near Portlaoise, Co. Laois.147 The remains were found in the rootball of a tree, which was apparently 60–80 years old at the time of felling. More remains were discovered in the immediate vicinity. The site was reported to the coroner and the Gardaí, who informed the National Museum. The site was visited by Joseph Raftery. According to Raftery’s report, the burials had been inserted into the mound of earth that had been thrown up behind an old limekiln, which was still visible. As the burials would therefore appear to have been of relatively recent date, they were reburied locally.

147 Parish of Kilcolmanbane, barony of Maryborough East. SMR LA018-069——; exact location not marked.