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Archaeology of the Burren: Prehistoric Forts and Dolmens in North Clare by Thomas Johnson Westropp

Part IV: The Eastern Border: Creevagh; Teeskagh; Tullycommaun

Creevagh [26] (O.S. 10)
When describing the remarkable dolmen in the ring-wall of Creevagh, I did not mention a noteworthy feature of its surroundings. There is a gap to the east of the ring, and from it (lying north-east and south-west) is a sunken way like that leading from the fort to the dolmen at Caheraneden. The ‘way’ has been formed by removing the topmost layers of the crag. It is exactly 100 feet long from the inner face of the wall, which is 11 feet thick. The trench so formed is 12 feet wide at the wall, 16 feet at half distance, and 12 feet at the end; it nowhere exceeds 20 feet in width, or 5 feet in depth, and does not lie in the axis of the dolmen. The ring-wall is 83 feet in internal diameter east and west.

Creevagh – Ring Wall
Creevagh – Ring Wall

Teeskagh (O.S. 10)
In the cairn, near the foot of the waterfall of the seven streams of Teeskagh, is a small cist [27] of thin slabs - the north, 5 feet 2 inches long; the south, 6 feet 6 inches, tapering eastward from 26 inches to 22 inches. The cairn is of large blocks, embodying a great boulder, evidently deposited there by older and mightier agencies than the cairn-builders. The heap is oval, measuring 28 feet north and south, and 25 feet east and west; it is on a low, bushy mound in that picturesque and delightfully secluded hollow.

Dolmens: 1. Tullycommaun. 2. Cotteen, or Commons. 3. Plan and Elevation of Gortlecka
Dolmens
1. Tullycommaun. 2. Cotteen, or Commons. 3. Plan and Elevation of Gortlecka

Tullycommaun [28] (O.S. 10)
I propose adding to the slight account of the remains on the northern ridge in that townland some extra notes. The double-ringed caher, to the west of the road to Castletown, is now much defaced. The central wall has been levelled to within 4 feet of the ground at the highest point; it was thin and of coarse masonry, both signs of late work. There is some slight trace of the passage inside the gateway facing the east. It is 5 feet 9 inches wide; near it lies a lintel 6 feet by 2 feet 3 inches by 7 inches for the narrower outer opening. The inner ring is 146 feet in diameter; the outer, on an average, 300 feet internally. Much of the outer wall remains to the N.W.; it is 8 feet high, and of the coarse, slab masonry seen in the outer ring of Cahercommaun; it has been much rebuilt in places.

 

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