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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 10: Kilfinaghta Parish: Ballymulcashel Townland
Description of site:
How was this island constructed? Westropp, in the above cited article, gives quite a deal of information on this point. Firstly long poles up to 6” (30 cm) thick were driven into the lake bed. Cross-beams, some up to 8 feet (2.40 metres) long, were laid down around these vertical poles. Next other beams were laid down, the whole lot being kept in position by stones of varying sizes. By this procedure (i.e. beams, poles and stones) an artificial island was constructed.
During an examination of this feature in 1901 an iron axe was found, along with a boar’s tusk. In the case of the former find this was achieved not by smelting but by hammering an ironstone nodule into shape.
Field examination, in 1978, noted that MacCarthy’s Island is now heavily covered by vegetation, much of it being mature trees.
REFERENCES TO BALLYMULCASHEL CRANNOG
Westropp, 1901, Page