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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: Castlecrine Townland
Description of site:
What did field examination find? While the site was formerly in a good condition, and kept free of vegetation as it formed part of a favourite walk of the Butlers of Castle Crine, the site now is in a poor overgrown condition. Such damage started in the late 1920’s when the Butlers sold out and the land was divided amongst local small farmers. The man on whose land the ringfort occurred showed no interest in this site and he gave vegetation a free hand. The former path through the interior is damaged and covered by bushes and trees. The wide and deep fosse has now many trees growing within it. The outer bank is likewise damaged and in areas masked by a heavy vegetation cover.
Due to the heavy vegetation covering over most of this site it was not possible to measure the site’s interior. However, from the relevant 6” O.S. sheet, I estimated the north-south and east-west internal diameters at some 40 metres each.