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Castleruddery Motte
Móta Chaisleán an Ridire
Castleruddery Motte is located in Ireland
Castleruddery Motte
Location in Ireland
Location Castleruddery Lower, Donard,
County Wicklow, Ireland
Region Slaney Valley
Coordinates 52°59′34″N 6°38′40″W / 52.992817°N 6.644379°W / 52.992817; -6.644379
Altitude 163 m (535 ft)
Type motte
Area 0.23 ha (0.57 acres)
Diameter 54 m (177 ft)
Material earth
Founded late 12th century
Cultures Hiberno-Norman
Site notes
Ownership private
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Castleruddery Motte
Reference no. 419

Castleruddery Motte is a motte and National Monument located in County Wicklow, Ireland.


Castleruddery Motte is located 2 km (1.2 mi) east-northeast of Stratford-on-Slaney, on a slope 400 m (¼ mile) north of the River Slaney.


The motte was built in the late 12th century after the Norman invasion of Ireland. The motte at Castleruddery is located close to an early church mentioned in the twelfth century which formed part of the diocesan lands of Glendalough. In the early 13th century it became part of an episcopal manor and was subsequently granted to the Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. A borough grew up in association with the manor, of which the motte formed a part.


Castleruddery Motte is round, with an internal diameter of 30 m (98 ft) and is enclosed by an earthen bank. The motte guards a river crossing.

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