About 25m SE of the church of St Michael (ME027-038011-) and situated on a SE-facing slope is a gatehouse (ext. dims 5.4m N-S; 5.7m E-W) that has a barrel-vaulted E-W passage (Wth 3.2m) narrowing at the E end. A mural stairs (Wth 0.6m) in the NW pier, which was entered by a lintelled doorway from the outside at W leads to the first floor over the vault, which has large openings on every wall except the N, and there is a fireplace at the SE angle. This gatehouse is attached to a fragment of a wall extending S from the SE angle, although this may be a support for the fireplace at the first floor. Just N of the gatehouse is the corner of a building (ME027-038015-) that is now destroyed.
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 upload/revision: 27 November, 2014Description Source: National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.