Granard Motte and Bailey

Granard , Co. Longford

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About Granard Motte and Bailey

Granard Motte and Bailey in Granard, Co. Longford.

This Anglo-Norman earthen mound was constructed by Richard de Tuite in 1199 as part of an initiative to extend Norman control over the country. Originally the top would have had a timber tower surrounded by a palisade. Standing 534 ft above sea level it is reputed to be the highest motte in Ireland. The summit affords a view of five lakes, parts of nine counties and faint outline of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Many myths are attached to it - some say there is a castle concealed within it, while others maintain the hollow in the centre was a grain store.

In 1932 a statue of St Patrick was erected on top of the motte to mark the fifteen centuries of the coming of our patron saint.


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