Rathmore is located in north county Kildare and is named after this ‘Great Motte’. The Motte is a large flat-topped mound that was used as the’castle’ headquarters for one of the Norman Fitzgeralds. In 1894 a landslip caused by heavy rain disclosed a sepulchral chamber, lined, roofed and floored with slabs of green limestone, containing a skeleton lying with the feet orientated to the east in Christian tradition. Later excavations unearthed┬áseveral┬ámore human skeletons buried within a circle of limestone stones.

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