ME00502 - DONORE (Kells Lower By.) - Mound

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Situated on a hillock in the valley of the meandering NW-SE Owenroe or Moynalty River, with the stream c. 120m to the N. The Moynalty hoard, consisting of nine pieces of eight-century AD metalwork, including a highly ornate door-handle probably from a church, was found c. 250m to the N beside the river (Ryan 1987). The mound would have been in full view of Donore House c. 170m to the E before farm sheds intervened. This is a flat-topped grass-covered mound (diam. of top 10.5m E-W; 10m N-S) defined by a scarp (at SE: H 2.5m) and planted with deciduous trees. The base is surrounded by a quarry and outer bank ENE-S-SW. The E half of the mound has been removed and only a small portion of the outer bank survives at S. (Roycroft 2018, 3-4, Fig. 21) The above description is derived from the published 'Archaeological Inventory of County Meath' (Dublin: Stationery Office, 1987). In certain instances the entries have been revised and updated in the light of recent research. Compiled by: Michael Moore Date of revision: 9 April 2019

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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DONORE (Kells Lower By.), Meath
53.7878, -6.89122

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