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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 11: Kilfintinan Parish: Brickhill East Townland

Site B: STONEFORT  
   
6” O.S. Sheet number : 52 (Co. Clare)
Reference : 5.2 cm South; 29.1 cm West (“Beaghbore Fort”)
Height : c. 110’ O.D.
Shape : roughly circular top (see description below)

Description of site:
This is the only site in Kilfintinan Civil Parish which is named Beaghbore Fort (see Co. Clare 6” sheet number 52). Field examination found that the stonefort was built on a natural rise looking west towards the Ratty, or Owenogarney, river some .75 miles away. From here also one has a clear view towards Bunratty Castle and the Shannon estuary. Quite an impressive site to build a fort.

However the fort itself is in a poor condition, vegetation being the main problem. The top of the rise – and therefore the interior of the stonefort – is covered by many trees, mostly Maser trees, and the root system of such trees is, and has, damaged the site. Such trees also occur on part of the side of the rise.

On examination it was found that only foundation block traces of the single stone wall that surrounded the site are visible. This is especially the case for the south/eastern area. The wall was built on the rise about 3 ½ m above the surrounding land level. It must have originally been at least 3 m high and, because of the angle of slope, some 1 ½ m thick. The blocks over the centuries were removed and used in field boundaries. Some were also used probably in the construction of the old outhouses to the east of the site.

The area enclosed by this stone wall had a diameter of 24 m. It is not fully level, it falls away slightly in all directions from the centre.

Because of the destruction of the wall one cannot be certain as to the site of the original entrance. However the steepness of the slope on the north and east rules out these parts. The rise to the south and west is not as sharp so the entrance possibly was in either of these areas. Of the two I feel the south is the more likely.

Water is available in the area – from the stream to the north or in the marshy ground to the south and east.

There is some folklore relating to this site but it tends to be of the general type – e.g. unlucky to cut trees from within it. Also “lights” have been seen in the site on various nights.

Brickhill East B: Shot towards site from the north-west
Brickhill East B: Shot towards site from the north-west

Brickhill East B: Foundation blocks of fort wall, to the east
Brickhill East B: Foundation blocks of fort wall, to the east

Brickhill East B: View from interior towards Shannon Estuary, to the south
Brickhill East B: View from interior towards Shannon Estuary, to the south

 

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