1980-84:0158 - Boyle Abbey (Knocknashee td.), Roscommon

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Roscommon Site name: Boyle Abbey (Knocknashee td.)

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number:

Author: A. Lynch, OPW

Site type: Cistercian Abbley

ITM: E 580156m, N 803212m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.977801, -8.302513

Limited excavations were carried out in the area of the north cloister walk to aid in the preservation of the abbey. Features associated with the 17th/18th-century military occupation of the abbey were uncovered at a high level. These included paved and cobbled surfaces and the remains of a small lime(?) kiln.
Underlying these features, the foundations of the cloister arcade wall, the south nave wall and the wall of the west claustral range were revealed. A stone-built drain which pre-dates the west range building was found to run northwards under the nave of the abbey church. The finds recovered were few and belonged mostly to the post-medieval period. Fragments of cut stone were found but none belonged to the cloister arcade.