Part 2: Chapter
10: Kilfinaghta Parish: Castlecrine Townland
|Site B: RINGFORT
||(Classification type 1 (b))
|6” O.S. Sheet number :
||52 (Co. Clare)
||12.4 cm South; 39.2 cm West
||c. 215’ O.D.
||circular (see site plans)
Description of site:
While at the old lodge to Castle Crine House if one looks to the south
you will make out, on a nearby rise, a railed off area. This is the private
burial ground of the Butler family. Immediately behind this is ringfort
As was the case with nearby Site A, Castle Crine Townland, here also we
have a ringfort with double banks and a fosse. Fortunately, however, in
this case the site is free of a heavy vegetation covering.
Note: While describing the principal features of this site please refer
also to Site Section Number 3, Volume 1 of this thesis.
Generally speaking this is quite poorly defined and all traces of it
are to be found only in two small area, to the east and west. As it
it averages a little more than ½ metre in height by 1 to 3 metres
in width (see site sections).
This feature can be traced over the full site though is better represented
to the north. On average this earthen bank survives to a height of about
1 metre and a width of 2 – 3 metres.
As the north-south and east-west sections show this feature can be traced
over the full ringfort. The average depth is 1 ½ - 1 ¾ metres
by up to 5 metres in width. A few young trees grow on this fosse.
Field examination noted a couple of interesting points in relation to this
area. Firstly some tree trunks occur over the interior suggesting this
area had formerly a heavier vegetation covering. These trees were cut
down but obviously their root systems have damaged site stratigraphy.
Secondly there is also evidence to suggest that the site’s interior
was cultivated on some occasion. By careful examination one can notice
traces of slight ridges east-west across the interior. These were possibly
associated with potatoe cultivation. Their presence suggest the interior
was dug on some occasion (occasions?) Thus again causing damage to site
The site is of a circular shape with the north-south and east-west internal
diameters centring on 30 metres each.
For information relating to the children’s burial ground (Cill)
also in Castle Crine townland refer to the relevant part of Section 2 of
thesis: “Church and Monastic Sites in the Barony of Bunratty Lower”.