Norman Motte

The Manor of Kilsheelan was granted to William de Burgh in the late 12th century by Henry II. This is probably the period when the Anglo-Norman motte was constructed. It is fairly obvious why it was built at this location. This pudding shaped motte stands at least, 6 metres high and with the wooden castle on top, it controlled the crossing over the River Suir. A Marian Shrine has been cut into the northwest side of the motte and there is also a small depression in the top of the monument.

There is a lovely trail along the Suir that takes you by the medieval church in Kilsheelan, and the tower house at Poulakerry. The trail is a small part of the East Munster Way. Pictured bottom is a view of the motte taken from the river. The image below was taken from the top of the monument looking back across the river.

Situated: The motte is situated on the southside of the crossroads, in the centre of the town. There is parking available next to the pub on the right handside of the road.

Discovery Map 75: S 2859 2333. Last Visit: April 2018.

Longitude: 7° 34' 49" W

Latitude: 52° 21' 39" N

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