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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 8: Feenagh Parish: Deerpark Townland

Site B: RINGFORT (Classification type 1(a))
   
6” O.S. Sheet number : 51 (Co. Clare)
Reference : 20.4 cm South; 2.4 cm East
Height : c. 60’ O.D.
Shape : circular

Description of site:
On first examination this site appears to be a stonefort. However closer examination, especially on the northern side of the site, showed it to be a single banked ringfort. The stone facing is of a more modern date (nineteenth century) – similar to that seen in nearby Ardkyle Townland, Feenagh Civil Parish, Site B.

The single bank may be traced all around the site. It is on average ¾ - 1 metre high by 2 – 2 ½ metres wide. Much of this bank is covered beneath a heavy vegetation cover of, especially hawthorns. The only entrance into the site is from the south. It is almost 2 metres wide by 2 – 2 ½ metres long.

There is no evidence of a fosse about this site.

The site is, as stated previously, of a circular shape. Field examination found that the north-south and east-west internal diameters centre on 30 metres each.

This ringfort is built on a natural rise and offers a wide view over the surrounding area, especially to the north-east.

Deerpark B: Shot from north showing stone facing, and vegetation cover
Deerpark B: Shot from north showing stone facing, and vegetation cover

Deerpark B: Foggy skyline shot from the east
Deerpark B: Foggy skyline shot from the east

 

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