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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 10: Kilfinaghta Parish: Ballymulcashel Townland
Description of site:
The single bank could be traced over the full site. However one can only examine it in any detail to the west. Here it is almost ½ metre high (above interior level) and 1 ½ metres wide. Over other areas this bank has been planted with bushes and trees to act as a field boundary. Such vegetation covering hinders field examination. As the classification type above shows here we have a platform-type site. Such a nature makes the single bank all the more impressive from the outside. In reality, as stated above, this bank is less than ½ metre above the interior level. The interior itself is, on average, about ¾ metre above the surrounding surface. There was no field evidence to suggest the existence of a fosse about this site. As stated previously this site is circular in shape. Field measurements from the north-south and east-west internal diameters centred on 26 metres each.
Any local information on this site? I was told by the man who owns the land where this ringfort occurs that some years ago while burying a calf in the site’s interior he came across a layer of charcoal some 3 feet (almost 1 metre) below the surface. No other finds were noted then or since.
Why was it necessary to construct a platform-type ringfort? Locals say that after periods of heavy rainfall the land here gets quite wet – i.e. the watertable is close to the surface. To overcome this problem a site was built ¾ metre above this surface.