- Dookinelly (Thulis), Co. Mayo, Mayo

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Mayo Site name: Dookinelly (Thulis), Co. Mayo

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 054-019 Licence number:


Site type: Graves of indeterminate date


ITM: E 465639m, N 803482m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.963165, -10.047626

In August 1968 human remains were noticed exposed in a section on the shore near Dookinelly village on Achill Island, Co. Mayo.187 The site was on a high point overlooking the shore and was locally regarded as a burial place for unbaptised children. It was known as ‘Páistín Marbh’. It was reported to the NMI by Mr Gareth Llwyd Jones, a visitor to the area, and was investigated by Mr Patrick Healy on the Museum’s behalf. According to Healy, the graves were clearly marked with low piles of stones, 0.1–0.2m in height. The piles of stone at the highest point (to the north) are smaller, irregular and overgrown with grassy sod, while those to the south are more regular and rectangular and appear to be more recent. They are generally aligned in a north-east/south-west direction. The site was not excavated.

187. Parish of Achill, barony of Burrishoole. OS 6in. sheet 54. Children’s burial ground, SMR 054-019——, IGR 65660 303470.