1985:47 - Cartron, Roscommon

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Roscommon Site name: Cartron

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

Author: Leo Morahan, for the National Parks & Monuments Branch, Office of Public Works

Site type: Site of Castle

ITM: E 598951m, N 742325m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.431027, -8.015783

In July 1985, through arrangement with the owner, the excavation of house foundation trenches was monitored at the site of Cartron Castle near Athlone. Though the castle is named and marked on the first and third editions of the 6″ O.S. maps for Co. Roscommon, no trace of it is visible today. Information from Mr. D.N. Johnson, O.P.W., states that the castle appeared to be late sixteenth-century or early seventeenth-century in date. Prior to the commencement of work the site of the castle was plotted from the O.S. map, and stood some 14.50m. from the proposed new house, and probably within the bawn enclosure. Throughout the excavation of the trenches, which went to a depth of 45cm., no trace of any wall foundations or other associated features were visible. Before leaving, arrangements were made for further monitoring of the area, when construction of the front wall and septic tank commences.