Clones Motte & Bailey

Clones, Co. Monaghan

Clones Motte & Bailey
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About Clones Motte & Bailey

Clones Motte & Bailey in Clones, Co. Monaghan.

Clones Motte and Bailey was constructed in 1212AD.

The site comprises a conical mound with a series of terraces and is surrounded by a ditch at the base. These mounds were used because they afforded security from enemies, or wild animals and also because lowlands were subject to flooding.

It is likely that a wooden tower once stood on top of the mound.

The Normans built the Motte & Bailey fort here with the intention of establishing a garrison both in Clones and at the far end of the Erne a t Belleek in order to curtail the activities of the Ulster clans. However, the structure was attacked by the Irish chieftains after only one year and burned down.

Look out for See the Clones Heritage Trail under 'Do' for other historical sites in Clones.


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