1986:33 - 'Rathcoffey Castle', Rathcoffey Demesne, Kildare

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Kildare Site name: 'Rathcoffey Castle', Rathcoffey Demesne

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

Author: Gretta Byrne, Ballybrack, Hacketstown, Co. Carlow

Site type: Castle

ITM: E 688932m, N 732027m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.331009, -6.664867

A trial excavation was undertaken on 7 August 1986, close to the site of Rathcoffey Castle. The purpose of the excavation was to test for any archaeological remains in advance of the construction of a private dwelling. It was funded by the landowner.

Three parallel trenches, each 0.6m wide and between 20m and 30m long, were excavated by a mechanical digger to natural subsoil level. The trenches were located between 10Om and 130m east of the surviving castle gatehouse. Apart from a pit, with a natural spring at the bottom, no archaeological features were uncovered. The pit was filled with loose rubble including fragments of red brick, mortar, slates and a sherd of modern pottery and glass.