2003:1282 - Kiltallaght House, Kiltallaght, Louth

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Louth Site name: Kiltallaght House, Kiltallaght

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0941

Author: Robert O'Hara, Archaeological Consultancy Services Ltd, Unit 21, Boyne Business Park, Greenhills, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 710492m, N 783389m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.788322, -6.323162

It is proposed to redevelop the existing stables to the rear of Kiltallaght House, Kiltallaght, Co. Louth, and to construct a small annexe onto the main building. A trench measuring 4m by 2m was excavated perpendicular to the eastern side of the main building in the approximate location of the annexe. A mechanical excavator equipped with a grading bucket was used to remove the overburden and rubble deposits. A French drain was noted running just below the ground surface and roughly parallel to the foundation trench for the house. The trench was excavated to a depth of 1.5m, cutting through subsoil for most of its length. No archaeological features or finds were recorded.

The site is recorded as being within the environs of a possible church and graveyard, based on local tradition and the discovery of bones within the grounds of the house (Irish Folklore Commission, Schools Manuscripts Collection, 1938).

As part of this archaeological assessment, a historical architectural survey was carried out on the standing stable buildings.