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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 7: Drumline Parish: Firgrove Townland
Description of site:
Field examination found that this site was in a fairly poor condition.
A number of factors have been responsible for this. 1. The surfaced driveway
into Firgrove House cuts through the eastern part of the site’s
interior. Obviously the laying down of such a surfaced drive has done
considerable damage to the fort in that area, for a width of 3 ½ metres.
2. To keep livestock clear of this drive timber railings have been placed
at both sides of it. Again the posts supporting part of this railing
were dug into the site’s interior. 3. A 2 metre wide farm trackway
cuts the site north-west by south-east. It also has damaged the interior
as tractor tyre marks are clearly visible along this track. 4. Cattle,
sheep and horses graze over the site. These also must have done some
The single earthen bank may be traced over much of the site, the exceptions being where the driveway and trackway have cut it. It is best represented over the western part of the site where it averages almost ½ metre in height by a width of 2 ½ metres. Over much of the ringfort the bank area is defined by trees which grow on it.
There is no information available as to the position of the original entrance. It may have been to the east due to the level nature of the ground in that area. As stated previously this site is of a circular shape with north-south and east-west internal diameters centring on 28 metres each.