Norman skeletons, a great motte & The Fitzgeralds

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’s 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 the Christian tradition. Later excavations unearthed several more human skeletons buried within a circle of limestone stones.