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Fortifications in the Shannon Estuary and Galway Bay by Paul M. Kerrigan

Fortifications in the Shannon Estuary: Doonaha Battery

Some three miles north-east of Kilcredaun Point on the north side of the estuary, this battery was similar in layout to the other batteries except that it was slightly smaller and mounted four 24-pounders instead of the usual six. The dry moat is badly eroded, though it retains more masonry and is more complete than that at Corran Point battery on the opposite shore. The bombproof barrack or defensible guardhouse is half demolished, but clearly demonstrates how strongly built these structures were, with a massive barrel-vault supporting the gun platform. The iron pivot for the centre mounting for one of the traversing platforms is visible at the western end of the roof terrace. Doonaha battery is some 200 feet wide from the outer face or scarp of the flank walls, compared with an average of 250 feet for the other batteries.


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