- Roosky, Co. Roscommon, Roscommon

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Roscommon Site name: Roosky, Co. Roscommon

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR RO014-083 Licence number:


Site type: Graves of indeterminate date

ITM: E 560509m, N 791918m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.875188, -8.600543

In April 1988 human remains were discovered in the course of drainage work in the Roosky River, at Roosky, near Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon.243 The work was being carried out by the Office of Public Works. The Roosky River is a tributary of the River Lung. At least four skulls and other bones were discovered in the dredging operations. The discovery was reported to the NMI by the Gardaí at Ballaghadereen, and the site was visited by Nessa O’Connor. No other remains or structures were visible at this time, although according to the finder a deer antler was found close to the skeletal material.244 Owing to the circumstances of discovery, the original disposition of the remains is not known. The bones (1988:227) were acquired by the NMI (Fredengren, forthcoming).

243. Parish of Castlemore, barony of Frenchpark. SMR RO014-083——. IGR 160549 291903.
244. The finder had apparently given the antler to his nephew.