- Dromin, Co. Kerry, Kerry

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Kerry Site name: Dromin, Co. Kerry

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR KE004-063 Licence number:

Author:

Site type: GRAVES OF INDETERMINATE DATE

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ITM: E 480250m, N 597302m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.114628, -9.748499

In January 1976 human remains were discovered during construction works on the site of the old presbytery at Dromin, Ballybunnion, Co. Kerry.120 The site was being leased by the Ballybunnion Development Association for use as a carpark, and an old wall was being rebuilt. The remains were noticed at a depth of c. 1m below ground level, the upper 0.75m of which consisted of redeposited modern midden material. It appears that the carpark had been levelled by the bulldozer and the surface soil had been banked up against the presbytery wall, thus making the interments appear more deeply buried than they had been. There do not appear to have been any associated artefacts or stone slabs in the vicinity of the burials. According to the local Gardaí, there was a tradition of a graveyard at this spot. The remains were not acquired by the National Museum but were handed over to the local authorities for reinterment.

120. Parish of Killehenny, barony of Iraghticonnor. SMR KE004-063——. See Chapter 4 for two other burials excavated in the Ballybunnion region.