By the Vengeance of Columb-cille

Clonard, County Meath, Ireland. Motte erected by Hugh de Lacy. A close-by informational signpost reads: This Motte was erected under the direction of Hugh De Lacy when Clonard was occupied by the Normans circa 1177. In its original form the motte was crowned with a bailey or tower and surrounded by defensive fortifications. The lime tree planted on top during the 19th century makes this motte a well known landmark in the area.
Clonard, County Meath, Ireland. Motte erected by Hugh de Lacy. A close-by informational signpost reads: This Motte was erected under the direction of Hugh De Lacy when Clonard was occupied by the Normans circa 1177. In its original form the motte was crowned with a bailey or tower and surrounded by defensive fortifications. The lime tree planted on top during the 19th century makes this motte a well known landmark in the area.

Hugo de Lacy, the profaner and destroyer of many churches; Lord of the English of Meath, Breifny, and Oriel; he to whom the tribute of Connaught was paid; he who had conquered the greater part of Ireland for the English, and of whose English castles all Meath, from the Shannon to the sea, was full; after having finished the castle of Durrow, set out, accompanied by three Englishmen, to view it. One of the men of Teffia, a youth named Gilla-gan-inathar O’Meyey, approached him, and drawing out an axe, which he had kept concealed, he, with one blow of it, severed his head from his body; and both head and trunk fell into the ditch of the castle. This was in revenge of Columbkille. Gilla-gan-inathar fled, and, by his fleetness of foot, made his escape from the English and Irish to the wood of Kilclare. He afterwards went to the Sinnagh (the Fox) and O’Breen, at whose instigation he had killed the Earl. Annals of the Four Masters, 1186.5.

Curator: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Personal queries should be directed to me at eccentricbliss dot com.

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