Round Hill Lismore County Waterford
Round Hill Lismore County Waterford is spectacularly sited along the banks of the River Blackwater, just outside Lismore Heritage Town. This large defensive earthen castle known as a motte and bailey and the site that we see today was probably constructed by the Anglo Normans in the late 12th century although given its location and size, the motte and bailey may have been constructed on an earlier site.
Lismore Heritage Centre and Lismore Tidy Towns submitted a joint application with Gallowshill Community Group (in Dungarvan) to the Adopt a Monument Scheme and the joint application was successful. The site is currently overgrown by vegetation, so the Adopt a Monument team helped to provide advice in helping to conserve the monument and to provide better access for visitors. Funding was obtained to carry out a historical and topographical survey. The historical study provided a glimpse into the origins of the site that we see today. The topographical survey that was carried out in July helped to define this enormous and complex site and volunteers from the local community took part in carrying out the survey. Further survey work is required on the monument to fully understand the extent of it.
In 2017, the group hope to open a walk along the River Blackwater from Lismore to Round Hill and to carry out more surveys and install signage at the site that will inform visitors about the importance of this great site.