Situated on the flood-plain of the NW-SE Clonard River or Kilwarden River, with the stream c. 50m to the SW. This is a flat-topped, steep-sided and grass-covered earthen mound (diam. of top 14m; diam. of base 48m; H 9.5m) with some trees including an elm on to the summit. It is defined by a fosse with an external bank which broadens out into possible bailey (Wth c. 10m) SE-SW. The early church site of St Finian that became the medieval parish church (ME047-007001-) is c. 270m to the ESE, and the motte could be integrated with the field system (ME047-008----). The ringwork (ME047-005----) is across the river, c. 70m to the SW.
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.
Date of revision: 3 June 2016Description Source: National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.