Sunday 25 February 2018

Criminal damage to protected Granard Motte being investigated by gardai

Granard Motte
Granard Motte

Kathy Armstrong

Criminal damage to the ancient Granard Motte national monument is being investigated by gardai.

A large hole was discovered at the protected 12th century Co Longford structure and reported to gardai on Thursday, prompting speculation that people may have been trying to steal from the site.

Granard Motte and Bailey were built in 1199 by Knight Richard de Tuite as part of an attempt to extend Norman control over Ireland.

It stands 152m above sea level and there are plans to develop the site into a heritage park and visitor centre.

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A garda spokesman told Independent.ie: "Gardaí in Granard are investigating an incident of criminal damage to a monument Granard Motte which occurred at Church Quarter between 25/06/17 and 01/06/17, reported to gardaí on the 1st June 2017.

"No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing."

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