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|Archaeology of the Burren: Prehistoric Forts and Dolmens in North Clare by Thomas Johnson Westropp|
Part III: Northern Burren: Black Head; Other Remains; Caherdoonteigusha; Caherbannagh
Among these hills lies also a beautiful natural amphitheatre, its regular curving seats capable of seating some thousands of spectators, the arena covered with rich green sward.
A small circular fort is marked on the 1839 map down the steep slope to the north of Dooneerish. I believe I have been close to the site, without finding any trace, but a ruined modern house near it may have abolished its ancient neighbour, which must have been as small as the little ring walls at Glensleade and Poulcaragharush.
Caherbannagh (O.S. 2)
The ‘mohers’ have nearly vanished since 1839, and the cahers were even then broken down and greatly dilapidated. In that year Caherbannagh, ‘the fort of the pinnacles,’ gave no proof of the fitness of its name. Caher ought probably to be called ‘Caheragh,’ as it appears as ‘Cathrach’ in the rental of the O’Briens, in c. 1390, along with townlands Liss na h’Aba and For Maol. They reappear in 1624 as Formoyle and Cahera Lissyniagh in the Inquisition taken on the death of Donough, ‘the great Earl’ of Thomond. In 1317 Formoyle and Letterconan appear as the muster place of the army of Prince Donough O’Brien on its way to assail their rivals at Corcomroe Abbey. The places were then called Cil Litire and Maol Odhrain. Another fort which I was unable to visit lies in a rather inaccessible spot to the north of the Caher river, and not far from Fanore Bridge, and there are two others in Fanore, both nearly destroyed, and one having only part of the northern segment remaining.
With regard to Caherbannagh, it is noteworthy that Hugh MacCurtin wrote a pretty poem on some ‘pinnacled’ fort in O’Loughlin’s country: -
Thou melancholy singing dove on yonder blackened ‘doon,’