Part 2: Chapter
18: Tomfinlough Parish: Carrownakilly Townland
|Site B: RINGFORT
||(Classification type 3(b))
|6” O.S. Sheet number :
||42 (Co. Clare)
||7.9 cm South; 37.2 cm East
||c. 110’ O.D.
||oval, with north-south axis greater than east-west one
Description of site:
As the classification type shows here we have the site of a double
banked ringfort with fosse, built on sloping ground. This results in the
site being of a terraced nature. What are the other features of this ringfort?
This is best represented in the northern part of the ringfort where it
is just over 1 metre high by a width of 2 metres. Over the remainder
of the site it is hardly traceable at all and is even absent in areas.
The average height, where the inner bank occurs, is little more than
Field examination found that this feature has been completely removed
from most areas of the site, the exception being to the north-east.
Even in this small section it is quite poorly represented with the
height centring on 40 cm and a width of 1 ½ metres. In the many
areas where the outer bank has been levelled a stone wall has been
erected in its place.
As mentioned previously this site is of a terraced nature. In the case
of this particular ringfort the land slopes from north to south. Thus
in the northern part of the fort the two levels (i.e. interior of fort
and surrounding field surface) are similar. Not so to the south where
there is a difference of 1.50 metres in levels. In many ringforts where
a terraced nature occurs we find that the fosse is frequently poorly
represented to the area where the difference in slope is most marked
(to the south in this case). However not so in this case and this feature
may be clearly followed over the full site. To the north the fosse
averages 1.50 metres in depth by a width of almost 4 metres. In the
case of the south the fosse depth is even greater, at 1.75 metres,
while the width is again close to 4 metres.
There are two entrances into this ringfort, to the north-east and south-west.
As the site probably had originally only one entrance it is not clear
from field work which was the original. They both centre on a width of
The site itself is of an oval shape. The north-south internal diameter
centres on 32 metres while that for the east-west area is only 28 metres.
Carrownakilly B: Photo of the south-eastern part of this
with part of the fosse and interior visible