A new lectern sign highlighting the Round ‘Mound’ or ‘Mount’ which is visible from the Riverwalk was officially opened today (Tuesday, 31st May) by Wicklow Municipal District Cathaoirleach, Cllr Gail Dunne.
The sign is part of local initiatives to promote awareness of the rich archaeological heritage of Wicklow town and sheds light on a site which is otherwise inaccessible. The Round ‘Mound’ is thought to be a ‘motte’ – an earth and timber castle, possibly the earliest Anglo–Norman castle in Wicklow town.
Also featured in the sign is information about a decorative Viking sword found at the Murrough in the late 19th Century, and references to a ‘White Castle’ of Wicklow town which appears on a Dutch Naval map of 1715.
This lectern complements the existing Wicklow Town Heritage Trail and will form part of the guided walk which takes place each Saturday morning @ 11am from Fitzwilliam Square (duration c. 2hours).
This project was funded by the National Monuments Service through the Community Monuments Fund 2021 co-ordinated through the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council. As part of this initiative the archaeology of Wicklow Town is due to feature as a pull-out supplement in a forthcoming Archaeology Ireland magazine in Autumn 2022.