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Rathvilly Moat
Ráth Bhile
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Knockroe-Rathvilly Motte
Rathvilly Moat is located in Ireland
Rathvilly Moat
Location in Ireland
Location Knockroe, Rathvilly,
County Carlow, Ireland
Coordinates 52°52′50″N 6°40′41″W / 52.880518°N 6.678045°W / 52.880518; -6.678045
Type Motte
Diameter 29 metres (32 yd)
Material Earth
Periods Early Christian Ireland
Designation National Monument

Rathvilly Moat is a motte and National Monument located in County Carlow, Ireland.


Rathvilly Moat is located in the townland of Knockroe about 1 km east of Rathvilly village, east of the River Slaney.

History and archaeology

The moat of Rathvilly was the residence of Crimthann mac Énnai, an Uí Cheinnselaig King of Leinster, who reigned c. 443–483 and was baptised by Saint Patrick. The placename means "ringfort of the sacred tree"; a bile was sacred to a certain family or ancestral group, and destroying an enemy clan's bile was a common act of war.

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