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Ring-Forts in the Barony of Moyarta, Co. Clare, and Their Legends
by Thomas Johnson Westropp


Part I.—From Loop Head to Carrigaholt

The Forts and Their Legend: Cahersaul

Cahersaul, the stone fort of the brine, lies, like the last, on the crown of the ridge. It was a small ring-fort, about 60 feet across the garth; and much of it is barely traceable, though the faint ring is entire, rising, where best preserved, hardly a foot over the crisp grass of the field near the junction of the Ross and Kilbaha roads. The material was used since 1839 for a house and enclosure beside its site.

Mr. Marcus Keane recollects that, in about 1865, a souterrain lay open near Cahersaul. His uncle, Mr. Henry Keane, having heard there was some tradition of a passage having run from Cahercrochaun to the “shore fort” of Dundahlin, searched and found this “cave,” but was only able to explore it for a short distance. A fine bronze pot, found in Dundahlin, was preserved for many years at “The Cabin,” along with two earthen vessels; one of these and the bronze pot have disappeared; the other, on being sent to Mr. Coffey, proved to be a modern Egyptian water-jar, probably, like the Malay axe at Scattery, imported by some sailor. My informant found several traces of the other passage at Tullig, near Dundoillroe, and, with Mr. Lopdell, opened one of them, finding side-walls three feet apart, but the roof had fallen in. It is very probable that these remains gave the idea of the continuous passage.

 

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