2004:1375 - CLONSAST NORTH AND BULGE BOGS, AGHAMEELICK/BALLAGHASSAN/CLONAD/ CLONAVOE/CLONMORE/CLONSHANNON/NAHANA/ WALSH ISLAND, Offaly

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Offaly Site name: CLONSAST NORTH AND BULGE BOGS, AGHAMEELICK/BALLAGHASSAN/CLONAD/ CLONAVOE/CLONMORE/CLONSHANNON/NAHANA/ WALSH ISLAND

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 04E1125

Author: Eoin Corcoran, Archaeological Development Services Ltd, Windsor House, 11 Fairview Strand, Dublin 3.

Site type: Peatland survey

ITM: E 657383m, N 719341m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.221376, -7.140716

These bogs are situated to the west-south-west of Clonbulloge village and to the north-east of the village of Walsh Island, in Co. Offaly. Clonsast and Bulge Bogs cover an area of 2247ha within BnM's Derrygreenagh works; however, 80% of this is not in production, leaving a production area of only 449.4ha. The other 80% of the bog area is heavily overgrown and forested. Even the 20% production area had been out of production for the past three years and was beginning to become overgrown. Bulge Bog is completely covered by forestry, as it has been leased to C—illte for the past fifteen years. As a result, it was possible to survey only very little of these two bogs. No archaeological remains were identified during the survey of Bulge and Clonsast North Bogs. The survey was problematic, due to the amount of overgrowth and forestry, which made large portions of Clonsast North and all of Bulge Bog impossible to examine.