- Donaghpatrick, Co. Meath, Meath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Meath Site name: Donaghpatrick, Co. Meath

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


Site type: Graves of indeterminate date


ITM: E 682009m, N 774157m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.710651, -6.757740

In June 1987 the Museum received a report of a possible cist burial on the banks of the Moynalty River at Donaghpatrick, Co. Meath.204 A Mr Fahy of Swords Road, Dublin, had noticed the site while he was fishing on the banks of the river and had reported it to the NMI. The ‘cist’ consisted of a partly exposed capstone visible in the side of the riverbank, perhaps exposed by drainage works in the area. The bank had subsequently been grassed over. The capstone was reportedly 0.4m thick and was visible for a length of 0.3m along the bank. Some other stones, perhaps from the cist, lay at the foot of the bank. The capstone was apparently visible at a depth of 1.2m below current ground level. The site was not investigated by the NMI. There was no report of human remains at this site and it may be that it was a drain rather than a cist, as drains have occasionally been mistaken for cists of the lintel grave type, particularly as this report refers to a riverbank.

204. The name of the townland in which the remains were found was not recorded.