Lynally, Motte and Bailey, Co. Offaly.

Location – OS: N 297 238 (map 48).  Not far from the N52 and located in the same field as Lynally Church.
Longitude: 7° 33' 17.5" W
Latitude: 53° 15' 49.44" N

Description and History – Little is known about this site and this will remain the case until archaeological work is carried out.  The motte is roughly 5m high and 38m in diameter at the base and 16m at the summit.  Damage has been done to the site by the creation of a modern road at the S of the site which intersects it partially. The fosse is now only visible at the N end of the motte.  Wall footings at the summit of the mound may represent the remains of a medieval tower house but there are no historical records of such a building here.  Needless to say there was a building here.

Difficulty – Easy to find as the road intersects it at the S end.  It is in the same field as the as Lynally church.  Ask permission.

Nearby Sites:
Lynally Church.
Charleville Castle.


The site appears to have been quarried away at some point as well.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There is also the remains of a circular enclouser in the field oppsite which may have been part of the norman site .