Skele­ton un­earthed on build­ing site

Novem­ber 1990

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

AR­CHAE­OL­O­GISTS and the OPW were this week ex­am­in­ing a hu­man skele­ton which was ac­ci­den­tally un­cov­ered on a site zoned for hous­ing in Wicklow.

The dis­cov­ery was made by Wil­liam Dunne, who while tak­ing a short cut across the site in Bal­lyneerin no­ticed what ap­peared to be a bone, dug down with his hands to re­veal a fully formed skele­ton.

Gar­dai were im­me­di­ately con­tacted and the site has since be­come a pil­grim­age cen­tre for lo­cal peo­ple anx­ious to have a look at the hu­man re­mains.

How­ever, the find also sparked off huge spec­u­la­tion in the town about the pos­si­ble age of the skele­ton in view of the fact that the par­tic­u­lar area has a his­tory of vi­o­lence dat­ing back to the 17th Cen­tury.

Lo­cal his­to­rian, John Fin­lay, is quite sure that the skele­ton is 260 years old and goes back to a time when a grave­yard was sited in that par­tic­u­lar area of the town.

It is felt the dis­cov­ery may have some­thing to do with a mas­sacre that took place in 1641 un­der English rule.

On that fate­ful day, the O’Byrne’s and the O’Toole’s at­tacked the Black­cas­tle and re­treated into the Moun­tains.

Know­ing the rep­u­ta­tion of Sir Charles Coote, the peo­ple took sanc­tu­ary in a mud walled and thatched church in the hope that they wouldn’t be touched in such sa­cred sur­round­ings.

In­stead the church was set on fire and Coote and his army butchered ev­ery­one who tried to flee the blaze.

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