- Athlone and Bigmeadow, Co. Westmeath, Westmeath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Westmeath Site name: Athlone and Bigmeadow, Co. Westmeath

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR WM029-042093SMR WM029-042 Licence number:


Site type: Graves ofindeterminate date


ITM: E 603264m, N 741734m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.425709, -7.950882

In July 1992 human remains were discovered in the back garden of a dwelling house at 2 Connolly Street, Athlone (td Athlone and Bigmeadow), Co. Westmeath.274 They were apparently found in a ditch, described as measuring 0.9m by 1.2m and running north-east/south-west. The remains were given to Mr Gearóid O’Brien of Westmeath County Library, who handed them over to the NMI. The remains consisted of part of a child’s skull, an adult skull and part of a long bone of an animal. Their original disposition in the trench is not known (1992:25.1–3). According to Mr O’Brien, the ditch may have been related to entrenchments made at the time of the siege of Athlone in 1691.

274. Parish of St Peter’s, barony of Athlone. SMR WM029-042093—. In the townland index this townland is listed in County Roscommon, but is now administratively in County Westmeath. A number of sites are listed in this townland, including town defences SMR WM029-042——.