Rathvilly Moat

Rathvilly Moat is a motte[1] and National Monument located in County Carlow, Ireland.[2]

Rathvilly Moat
Ráth Bhile
Shown within Ireland
LocationKnockroe, Rathvilly,
County Carlow, Ireland
Coordinates52.880518°N 6.678045°W / 52.880518; -6.678045
Diameter29 metres (32 yd)
PeriodsEarly Christian Ireland
DesignationNational Monument


Rathvilly Moat is located in the townland of Knockroe about 1 km east of Rathvilly village, east of the River Slaney.

History and archaeology

The moat of Rathvilly was the residence of Crimthann mac Énnai, an Uí Cheinnselaig King of Leinster, who reigned c. 443–483 and was baptised by Saint Patrick.[3][4] The placename means "ringfort of the sacred tree"; a bile was sacred to a certain family or ancestral group, and destroying an enemy clan's bile was a common act of war.


  1. "Archaeological Inventory of County Carlow". Page 78. Dublin 1993
  2. "Mullach Raoileann/Mullaghreelan". Logainm.ie.
  3. "Rathvilly - Carlow Tourism". 13 March 2012.
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