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|Archaeology of the Burren: Prehistoric Forts and Dolmens in North Clare by Thomas Johnson Westropp|
Part VI: Knockauns Mountain; Liscoonera; Cahermoyle; Cairns; Bawn; Caherbeg; Other Forts
Knockauns Mountain (O.S. 4)
The old roads are worth noting; the main one runs from Cahermac-crusheen past Oughtdarra. Beyond Knockauns Mountain, it runs northward, past Faunaroosca round castle and Ballyelly forts  over the mountain. It dips into the Caher Valley, near Formoyle, and runs up past Caheranardurrish, down through the Feenagh Valley, past the great forts of Caherfeenagh and Caherlismacsheedy  to Glenarraga, opposite the Ballyallaban forts. It then runs round the mountains past Lough Rask, Muckinish Castles, Bealaclugga Creek, and Corcomroe Abbey, up to the Carker Pass into Co. Galway. By it, apparently, the Siol Muiredaigh, in 1094, invaded the Corcamodruadh. The latter, under Tadhg, son of Ruadri ua Chonchobhair, checked them at Fiodnagh (Feenagh) in a desperate but drawn battle, and they were glad to retire, both sides having lost heavily. Readers of the Cathreim Thoirdhealbhaigh will remember the appearance of the odious banshee Bronach to Prince Donchad and his army at Loch Rasga, and the fierce ‘Battle of the Abbey’ in 1317, as well as the ambuscade in which king Conchobhair Ruadh ua Briain fell in the wood of Siudaine near Muckinish in 1267.
Three more ring walls, now nearly levelled, lie eastward near the new road. One is in Derreen South (a long townland named from a long destroyed little oak wood), another in Knockauns Mountain; both are low rings of mossy stones, the third is barely traceable. A more substantial one, but reduced to a heap, stands on a low crag, beside another grassy hollow suitable for cattle. Most of these little flimsy ‘Mohers’ and ‘Cahers’ are probably late bawns, degenerate representatives of the great ring walls of Ireland, Britain and the Continent. They are, however, far superior to the ‘pounds’ and ‘bull parks.’ Even these last are called ‘Caher’ and ‘Moher.’ ‘It was my father built these Cahers’ said a little boy proudly to me at Doolin.
The upland of Elva has no forts, and was doubtless once a vast ‘booley’  where cattle were sent to feed in summer. The herds could easily be driven near the forts in cases of sudden alarm.
The new road runs across the boggy upland with deep gullies and runnels, rich in water-loving plants. At the crown of the ridge we overlook Munster for 70 miles to the blue peaks of Corcaguiny, out to Mount Brandon and back to the Galtees and the Silvermines. Hills in five out of the six Munster counties are visible, and Connemara is behind us. Thence the steep road runs past the ancient church and curious well, holy tree and pillar stone of Kilmoon, past Knockateeaun back to Lisdoonvarna.