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|A Survey of Monuments of Archaeological and Historical Interest in the Barony of Bunratty Lower, Co. Clare by William Gerrard Ryan|
Part 2: Chapter 6: Clonloghan Parish: Caherteige Townland
Description of site:
In such cases locals frequently have lore relating to the site, principally in the name given to it. In this case locals referred to it as either the Cathair (Caher) or Caherteige. Such names strongly suggest that this site, now damaged in areas, can be classified in the stonefort grouping, as has been done.
What are its features as they survive to date (1978)? As the relevant 6” O.S. sheet shows this site is to be found on gently sloping ground, quite close to a marker (navigation aid) associated with nearby Shannon Airport. The site is best represented in the western part, with parts of the “banks” absent over the eastern areas of the site. What of these two “banks”?
As stated previously this site also has a fosse. This is particularly
well represented to the west where it averages 5 metres in width. As
the interior of the site is of a trellised nature, due to the west-to-east
sloping nature of the ground, the fosse looks all the more impressive
in this west area. Unfortunately no trace of this feature now survives
over the eastern area.
The only entrance now in use at this site is from the south-east so this is presumably the original one.