- Crossneen, Co. Laois, Laois

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Laois Site name: Crossneen, Co. Laois

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR LA037-017 Licence number:


Site type: Graves of indeterminate date

ITM: E 670843m, N 675640m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.827060, -6.948800

In November 1972 human remains were discovered during bulldozing in a gravel pit just outside Carlow town.152 The bones were discovered approximately 0.46m below ground level. The landowner reported the find to the Garda Síochána, who informed the NMI. As the site was not investigated by the NMI, this report is based on Sergeant Lynn’s account of the site. The skeleton was discovered approximately 0.46m below ground level and was apparently extended, aligned west/east. The head appeared to have been more elevated than the feet. No finds were noticed in the vicinity, nor was there anything to indicate a stone grave or wooden coffin. There had not been any surface indications of the presence of the grave before bulldozing. The human remains were not acquired but were reburied in St Mary’s Cemetery, Carlow. In March 1980 a further report of human remains at Crossneen was received through Ellen Prendergast. In this case the discovery was made during bulldozing operations in advance of the construction of houses at Crossneen. The site was not investigated by NMI personnel.

152. The exact location of the find is not known, but it appears to be on the western outskirts of Carlow town, either in the townland of Graigue or Crossneen—most likely Crossneen, given the number of quarries marked on the OS 6in. sheet in this townland (OS 6in. sheet 7, parish of Killeshin, barony of Slievemargy) in the area known as Graiguecullen. SMR LA037-017——.