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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: Laghile Townland

Site A: RINGFORT
(Site of)
(Classification type unknown)
   
6” O.S. Sheet number : 62 (Co. Clare)
Reference : 11.5 cm North; 39.7 cm West
Height : c. 102 ft. O.D.
Shape : circular (based on map work)

Description of site:
The first edition of the O.S. sheet (1842) shows a ringfort in this townland at the above reference. Such a feature is not marked in on later editions of the O.S. sheets. Field examination found no trace of it.

Possibly this site was destroyed during the construction of the Limerick – Ennis railway line which passes within 20 m of the site. Certainly this construction was responsible for the destruction, partial or full, of a number of sites, especially to the east in Meelick-Parteen (R.C.) Parish. The earth and stone contained in the sites bank may have been used as a foundation to the railway line.

Based on the 1842 6” sheet I estimated that the single banked site had a somewhat circular shape, with an internal diameter of c. 25 m both north-south and east-west.

This site appears to have had a well in its interior. If this was the case, and due to the destruction of the site we will never know now, it would be only one of two examples where such a feature existed. (For the other example see under Drumline Civil Parish, Newmarket-on-Fergus R.C. Parish, Ballycasey More Townland, Site A).

There is no local knowledge on this destroyed site. Local people did not know of its former existence – suggesting, again, that it was probably levelled during the nineteenth century.

 

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