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Granard Motte

 This primitive structure at Granard consists of a huge mound of earth with a flat top and a hollow interior. It is believed to have been used as a storage facility, possibly for grain or perhaps even gold treasure. The top of the mote once included a wooden guard tower, encircled by a palisade. A U-shaped bailey at its base served as a containment area for animals and soldiers in times of battle. The remainder of the facility was defended by the occupants of the huge trench at the top.

Granard Motte was probably built in pre-Danish years, and was used by Richard de Tuite in 1199 in efforts to complete the Norman Conquest.

From the 534-foot high summit, visitors can enjoy a beautiful view that includes parts of nine different counties, the Sliabh Bloom Mountains and five lakes. Granard Motte is the highest structure of its kind in all of Ireland. Today, its summit is occupied by a statue of St. Patrick, erected in 1932.

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