Norman Motte

It may be hard to believe, but it is quite easy to drive through the crossroad without seeing this 5 metre high norman motte. It is hidden from view by a bungalow and some outhouses. The diameter of the motte is 24 metres at the base but the sides have been cut back at the north, east and southeast by about a metre, see image below left. The top of this steep-sided motte has also been lowered slightly. There are no visible signs of a bailey. Access is through a cute entrance on the eastern side of the motte.

Situated: From Rathvilly take the Hacketstown Road heading east. The motte is 1.2 kilometres down here on your right at the next crossroads.

Discovery Map 61: S 8898 8188. Last visit June 2013.

Longitude: 6° 40' 41" W

Latitude: 52° 52' 50" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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