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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 16: St Munchin’s Parish (part of): Glennagross Townland

Site A: RINGFORT (Classification type 1(b))
6” O.S. Sheet number : 52 (Co. Clare)
Reference : 27.8 cm North; 7.7 cm East
Height : c. 460’ O.D. (Area - .961 acres)
Shape : oval, with north-west by south-east greater axis

Description of site:
Here we have the site of a double banked ringfort, with intervening fosse, which is in a fair condition. (Refer to site section number 7, volume 1). The inner bank is best represented in the northern area where it is almost ½ metre high. There is little trace of this bank to the south. In relation to the outer bank and fosse the following may be stated. It is difficult to examine these in both the northern and western areas due to the presence of a heavy vegetation cover. In the east all traces of this bank and fosse have been removed – a farm trackway now exists on the site (see section). Thus it is only in the southern part that the outer bank and fosse can be measured and examined. Here the space between the top of the inner and outer banks is 4 ½ metres with a fosse depth of little more than ½ metre maximum.

The internal diameter of the site is 53 metres north-south by some 50 metres east-west. This area is quite marshy, with a deal of bullmarsh present. Cattle move through this site and though probably responsible for the poor nature of the inner bank do not seem to have damaged the sites interior. There is no evidence to suggest the site of the original entrance.

Water was no difficulty at this site – there is a stream below it to the north.

Glennagross A: Photo into site from the south-east
Glennagross A: Photo into site from the south-east