|Inauguration of the O'Neill on 1602 map of Ulster by Richard Bartlett|
Following on from my previous post on the possible O'Carroll inauguration mound at Moatquarter, new information has came to light suggesting it is unlikely to be it.
This paper (below) by Paul MacCotter deals with the site at Moatquarter and disagrees with Elizabeth Fitzpatricks assessment of Moatquarter as a possible inauguration mound.
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One of the main points is that he disagrees with Elizabeth Fitzpatrick's location of the mound mentioned in "The History of the Diocese of Killaloe" by Gwynn & Gleeson as being at Moatquarter. If you read the paper he says (pg 51)
"As is from reading Gwynn, the motte he speaks about is not that of Moatquarter but that at Dunkerrin to the north, and it is this motte that the tradition must refer to."
|Motte at Frankfort to the east of Dunkerring village - Copyright - OSI|
MacCotter says this "is inaccurate..... both lay in the same parish in the 17th century."
He then goes on to say that it may in fact be possible to find the location of the mound. He refers to a reference to a pre-invasion royal site of the O'Carrolls in a poem known as Dún Enaigh.
From this he seems to give three potential areas - Rathenny (which is meant to be an alias for Dún Enaigh), and the Cullenwaine / Templeharry areas which may have been the royal estate associated with Dún Enaigh. So from my reading of the paper he seems to think that the likely location of an O'Carroll inauguration mound is within these areas.
I did a review of the 37 townlands within Cullenwaine / Templeharry as to the monuments within each.
|Templeharry||Ballintemple||House & fulacht fia|
|Clonymohan||5 ring-forts & destoyed castle|
|Cloonalisk||Designed landscape feature|
|Emmel West||2 ring-forts, enclosure, castle & house|
|Graffan||x||Graveyard on hill & house - two ringforts in the townland|
|Ballingorraun||Ringfort & enclosure|
|Ballinlough||Castle ringfort & enclosure|
|Ballycormick||Ringfort & enclosure|
|Clynoe||Ringfort & enclosure|
|Cullenwaine||x||Graveyard, church, mound, castle, ring-forts, enclosure|
|Glaskill||Ringfort & enclosure|
|Knockbane||Moated site & ringfort|
|Loyer||Designed landscape feature & enclosure|
|Moneygall||ringfort, fulachta fia, metalworking, burial ground|
|Rathmoyle||x||ringfort 2 banks|