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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 14: Kilmurry Parish: Drumullan Townland

Site D: RINGFORT (Classification type 1(b))
6” O.S. Sheet number : 43 (Co. Clare)
Reference : 31.1 cm North; 11.7 cm West
Height : c. 150’ O.D. (western slopes of Tinker’s Hill)
Shape : oval nature (north-west by south-east greater axis)

Description of site:
Here we have the site of a double banked ringfort and fosse built on an elevated natural rise between Teereen Lough (95.7’ O.D.) and Tinker’s Hill (c. 210’ O.D.). Generally speaking this site is in a fairly good condition though during the summer season it tends to have a very heavy cover of seasonal vegetation.

The double bank and fosse, mentioned above, are visible about most of the site except for an area to the south-east where they are fully absent. The presence of a trackway here, into the sites interior, suggests their absence may be due to destruction. However as there is no other entrance into the interior their absence may have been done on purpose – this possibly represents the original entrance area. Its present width of 5.0 metres in places may be due to enlarging by a farmer to facilitate movement in and out of the site. What type of condition are the banks and fosse in over the rest of the site? On average the outer bank is .50 to .75 metres wide. Though well represented over the site, but for the south-eastern area, it is in especially fine condition in the western area. The fosse is between 4.0 metres and 6.0 metres wide, with an average depth of 1.5 metres. It also is quite well represented in the western area. Finally the inner bank is .50 to .75 high, on average, by 2.0 to 3.0 metres wide.

As mentioned previously the site has an oval shape. The north-west by south-east axis is c. 38 metres while the north-east by south-west internal diameter centres on c. 30 metres.

Water would have been readily available from two main sources. A short distance above the site, to the east, is a well (marked Tinkers Hill Well on the relevant 6” O.S. Sheet). Below the site, and clearly visible from it, is Teereen Lough.

Drumullan D
Drumullan D