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Kilfinane Motte-and-Bailey
 

County

Limerick

Coordinates

N 52° 21' 26.46"   W 008° 28' 02.7"

Nearest town

Kilfinane

Grid Ref.

R 68161 22966

Map No.

73

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

205

Date of visit

Sunday 10 June 2018

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The motte is in a public field, with an access from the north-northeast side. Two of the three earth banks of the original chieftain's site can be seen to the right of the motte. The earth bamks are incomplete and are open in the north side.


This conical earthowrk is a motte built in Norman times.
Its unique feature is that it was built over and early Christian ringfort with three earth banks around, indicating this was the former site of a high status local chieftain.

The earthen banks are now covered with trees and the whole structure can be better made out from high above.
This motte didn't have a bailey, which was the enclosed courtyard where other buildings, kitchens and stores were contained.

The access to this motte is from the north, and the earthowrk is about 11 metres high.


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