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Moonrise at Millmount

Moonrise at Millmount

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A waning gibbous moon rises behind the brilliantly illuminated martello tower at Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth. The martello tower was built by the English in 1808 (part of Richmond Fort) - at that time Drogheda was a garrison town, and Millmount had been a base for the garrison for some time.
The mound upon which the tower sits was said to have been raised by the Anglo-Normans around about the time the town of Drogheda was founded in the late 12th century. Back then, it was site of the Castle-Motte of Drogheda.
However. there is much oral history about the mound of Millmount that suggests it was a pre-Norman, and probably prehistoric, mound. It is the reputed burial place in folklore of Amergin Glúngeal, bard of the Milesians, and also the tomb of the wife of the Gobán (Gobhniu), a Tuatha Dé Danann smith.
In recent years, archaeological remote sensing was used to "look inside" the mound. Although the results were inconclusive, they did suggest that there was a smaller, older mound within the current one, and a mysterious "jumble of stones" in the core of the monument at its bottom - perhaps the remains of a Neolithic passage-tomb?
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