- Ballsgrove (River Boyne), Co. Louth, Louth

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Louth Site name: Ballsgrove (River Boyne), Co. Louth

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR LH024-072 Licence number:


Site type: Graves of indeterminate date

ITM: E 615086m, N 755932m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.710110, -6.362920

In February 1979 a human skull was discovered by walkers on the banks of the River Boyne near an area called Weirhope, in the townland of Ballsgrove, Co. Louth.178 The discovery was reported to the Gardaí at Drogheda. The NMI was then informed, and the skull was collected by Breandán Ó Ríordáin. It was not possible to visit the site of discovery as the finder was not available to indicate the find-spot at that time. The skull (1979:139) had apparently eroded out of the riverbank, and was partially covered in sand when found.

178. Parish of St Mary’s, barony of Municipal Borough of Drogheda. SMR LH024-072——. The precise location of the discovery is not known