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Motte

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Motte

On the R298, connecting Enniscrone to the Sligo Ballina road, one can see the remains of a substantial motte.

When the Anglo-Normans began to settle in Connacht from about 1240 AD onwards they needed immediate fortifications, and the quickest and least expensive to build was the earth and timber castles, called mottes. Stone castles which were more expensive and took longer to build followed.

Mottes are high, conical, flat topped mounds of earth, upon which the Anglo-Normans built timber palisades and towers. Square or rectangular earthen enclosures called baileys were often built alongside the motte.


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