2003:1808 - Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Tipperary

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Tipperary Site name: Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 41:42(08) Licence number: 03E1514

Author: Avril Purcell, Sheila Lane & Associates, AE House, Monahan Road, Cork.

Site type: Cathedral and burial ground


ITM: E 612920m, N 658794m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.680158, -7.808925

During the refurbishment of the cathedral a new baptismal font was installed, which required a small amount of ground reduction. This was confined to a very small area, of 1.8m in diameter, in the west transept and was carried out by hand. A portion of a broken headstone was revealed at a depth of 0.27m below the cathedral floor. The inscription was partially legible; it was commemorating the death of a priest in 1840. No human remains were revealed and the slab was left undisturbed. A portion of a wall, two courses high, of sandstone slabs and concrete was also revealed. The wall and the headstone were protected with heavy-duty plastic and the baptismal font was erected.