From the roadway


Motte and Bailey

The motte and bailey at Newcastle is sadly overgrown. It is one of over twenty mottes that sprung up across Wexford County after the Anglo-Norman invasion in the 12th century. Only six of these mounds had an attached bailey. It is believed the bailey may have been adapted from a pre-existing rath, it was locally known as Rath Gorey moat. The Normans built wooden keeps on top of the mound, which were protected by a palisade. Later the Anglo-Normans built more permanent structures like the residential tower house. This may have been the first caput of Rosegarland manor.

Situated: The motte is located in the Barony of Shelmaliere West. From Newbawn take the R736 south for approximately 3 kilometres. The motte is on the east side of the road just before a left turn.

Discovery Map 76. S 8358 1950. Last visit June 2016.

Longitude: 6° 46' 26" W

Latitude: 52° 19' 15" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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