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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 5: Sites of later historical interest (post 1580 AD)
Chapter 54: Medieval Village site? Latoon


Location Nat. Grid Ref. R380713; ½” Sheet 17.

Townland : Latoon South
Parish (R.C.) : Newmarket-on-Fergus
Civil Parish : Kilnasoolagh
6” O.S. Sheet number : 42, Co. Clare
Reference : 31.8 cm North; 24.0 cm West
1” O.S. Sheet number : 133 (Sixmilebridge)

Latoon: Medieval village site?
Latoon: Medieval village site?

Fr. Martin Ryan, P.P., President of the Clare Historical and Archaeological Society drew this possible site to my attention. On certain times during the day, especially when the sun is setting, its rays hit the ground at a certain angle which show up regular enclosures at the above reference. These are both square and rectangular in shape and are now defined by very low banks. In appearance they are similar to the probable village site by Feenish Castle, on the island of the same name. (See relevant part of Section 3: “Castles and Tower Houses in the Barony of Bunratty Lower”). The site is certainly a possible location for a village, being only a short distance from the bridging point at Latoon Creek.

(Because of the poor condition of the surviving banks it is hoped that further fieldwork will be undertaken in this area).