Remains of Irish mother and children considered "significant"

Experts from the Caherconnell Archaeological School are pondering the discovery of the remains of a “45-year-old plus” woman" and two infants beneath the remains of the 10th century cashel (fort). The archaeologists believe that the remains belong to a wealthy family, possibly the local Gaelic rulers, the O’Loughlins.

The woman and children were found on the second to last day of the eight-week summer dig in two stone coffins. Found with these remains and other artifacts from the dig were items that “reflect a wealthy family who wore jewellery of bronze, quartz and glass, who hunted and fought, who farmed the surrounding land and who played games and listened to music,” according to Dr Michelle Comber, director of the Caherconnell Archaeological School.