16. Mountsandel

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7th March 2023
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7th March 2023

16. Mountsandel

16. Mountsandel

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7th March 2023

Mountsandel, on the east bank of the River Bann, today enjoys the claim to being the site of the earliest known settlement in Ireland. However, the site was one of the chief residences of ancient Ulster and often featured in the stories of long-ago heroes.

Mountsandel may be a corruption of Kilsanctum, a church built by Sir John de Courcey in 1197. Some sources say that Mountsandel, Dundha Bhean, also called Rathmore Magh Elinue, built by Conarie Riada at the end of the first century was an ancient palace of the kings of Dalriada.



The site is located in Mountsandel Wood, off Mountsandel Road. From
the A26 Newbridge Road, at the Wattstown Roundabout follow the signpost for Mountsandel on to the Knocklynn Road. Continue approx. 800m to the end of the road and turn right. The entrance to Mountsandel Wood is approx. 300m on the left; there is a small car park at the entrance (55.1163, -6.6641).

Co-ordinates: 55.1166, -6.6629


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This project is receiving financial support via the District Council Good Relations Programme.