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Mountfortescue Hillfort
Ráth Chnoc Réisc
Location Mountfortescue,
County Meath, Ireland
Type Ringditch, Tumulus, Hillfort
Area 2.12 hectares (5.2 acres) (ringfort)
Diameter 164 metres (179 yd) (ringfort)
Material Earth
Founded AD 500–1000
Periods Middle Ages
Designation National Monument

Mountfortescue Hillfort is a National Monument consisting of a hillfort with tumuli located in County Meath, Ireland.


Mountfortescue Hillfort is located about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north of Slane Castle and overlooks the Delvin River, a Boyne tributary.


A hillfort is a circular area surrounding a hilltop tumulus (barrow mound), defined by an earthen bank with an external ditch.

The Ordnance Survey records a circular enclosure (about 180 yards in diameter) with a mound at the Mountfortescue site. The archaeological monument consists of Mountfortescue Ringditch, Tumulus & Hillfort. The barrow cemetery at Slieve Breagh and excavation of a Neolithic settlement suggest the area had been a scene of activity throughout prehistory.

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