The Windsor Treaty placed Dungarvan at the final frontier of the Kings territory and an important strategically located stronghold for the continued Anglo-Normans invasion. 34m N-S; 19.5m E-W at N to 10m E-W at S) attached to the S. This is a flat-topped earthen mound that is now D-shaped because of quarrying at the NE. The site is overgrown and planted with coniferous trees. ‘Archaeological Inventory of County Waterford’ (Dublin: Stationery Office, 1999). of base 25m WNW-ESE; 24m NNE-SSW; H 3m at SSW to 3.75m at NNE) is slightly dished at the summit (diam. of the OS 6-inch map, and situated in rough pasture towards the top of a S-facing slope.

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It’s floated in December 2017 at €765,000 by estate agent Timothy Sullivan.

He had it quietly offered back in July of this year, at €725,000, and reportdly it was bid to €800,000 before that deal ground to a halt (see similar story, p8).

This may correlate with the route of the Anglo-Norman invasion from 1169.

Waterford City was one of the first City’s defeated by the King army.

Dungarvan and Lismore were possibly strategic defensive strongholds, defending West Waterford and the Cork boundary.

The number of Motte’s in comparison to the bordering Counties of Wexford and Tipperary is relatively small and concentrated in the areas surrounding Waterford City, Lismore/Dungarvan and the Tipperary boarder.

The Archaeological Inventory of Waterford 1999, lists four Motte’s and two Motte’s with baileys in Waterford City/County.

There are fourteen unclassified mounds listed on both the 18 Ordnance Survey maps.

There has been very little research in Ireland into Motte fortifications but our recent excavation at Gallows Hill has revealed a motte within a major 16th century refortification.