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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: Portdrine Townland

Site A: RINGFORT (Classification type 1(a))
6” O.S. Sheet number : 62 (Co. Clare)
Reference : 15.9 cm North; 37.7 cm West
Height : 102’ O.D.
Shape : circular

Description of site:
Here we have the site of a single banked Ringfort, built on a natural rise of ground, which offers a commanding view towards the Cratloe Hills to the north and the Shannon estuary to the south.

The site was visited on a number of occasions, at different times of the year, but every time I found it difficult to examine the ringfort in adequate detail due to the nature of the vegetation cover. Some of this was seasonal but most was of a permanent kind, which restricted movement within the site. Locals always remember it in this way.

What I could observe showed the site to be of a single banked type. This bank, in the north-eastern area, was 1.5 m high by almost 3 m wide. Though essentially of earth some small stones occur within this bank.

There was no trace, nor evidence to suggest, a fosse about this site.

Because of the nature of the vegetation cover I could only estimate the sites interior at c. 20-25 m both north-south and east-west.

The only entrance in use is to the east and this was probably the original one. It is 3 m wide.

The water supply for the ringfort may have been obtained from a spring to the south-west of the site. There is also a small stream further west.

For folklore on this particular site refer to section 4 of the thesis, volume 3, “Folklore on the Barony of Bunratty Lower” item 5.

Portdrine A: Vegetation covered site
Portdrine A: Vegetation covered site