Granard Motte and Bailey

Longford County Council

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​Granard Motte and Bailey was built by Norman Knight Richard de Tuite , around AD1199, as part of an initiative to extend Norman rule over the country.

It was erected upon and within a pre exisitng ring fort or rath, which may have belonged to a local branch of the Farrell Clan. Standing 534ft above sea level, it is reputed to be the highest motte in Ireland. In 1932 a statue of St Patrick was erected on top of the motte to commemorate the coming of the saint to Ireland in AD432.