ACSU were delighted to recently work with the Inniskeen Enterprise Development Group to survey a motte and bailey (MO029-033001-) in the townland of Candlefort, in the south portion of the town of Inniskeen, County Monaghan. This consisted of a topographical survey of the site and a detailed geophysical (gradiometer) survey of land just east of the motte, which was carried out under Ministerial Consent issued by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. The work was carried out by Donald Murphy, Robert Breen and Jeanne Rochford.
The motte survives today as a flat-topped earthen mound up to 8m in height, with the base surrounded by a ditch or fosse measuring some 3m in width at the top and 0.5m deep. Traces of an outer earth and stone bank are also evident. The associated bailey or courtyard was presumed to be the grass-covered area to the east, defined by a scarp. The geophysical survey has now confirmed the presence of this bailey.
This work was carried out with assistance from the Heritage Council of Ireland under the Adopt a Monument scheme, granted to the Inniskeen Enterprise Development Group in associated with the Inniskeen Heritage Group. They hope to use the archaeological survey results to add an information panel for visitors to the site.