Clones Motte and Bailey was constructed in 1212AD. The site comprises a conical mound with a series of terraces and is surrounded by a ditch at the base. These mounds were used because they afforded security from enemies, or wild animals and also because lowlands were subject to flooding. It is likely that a wooden tower once stood on top of the mound.
The Normans built the Motte & Bailey fort here with the intention of establishing a garrison both in Clones and at the far end of the Erne at Belleek in order to curtail the activities of the Ulster clans. However, the structure was attacked by the Irish chieftains after only one year and burned down.
Look Out For
There is an interesting town trail in Clones which incorporates other historical sites. Ask at the Canal Stores or The Cassandra Hand Centre for further details.
Viewing Platform at the base.
Ulster Canal Stores, Victorian Gardens- Hilton Park, Remains of 12th century church with 17th and 18th century gravestones depicting skulls, cross bones etc.