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

Part II.—Kilkee to Carrigaholt

Forts between Doonaha and Carrigaholt

Turning down the old laneway behind Liscrona House, we come to a fine open view across the bright estuary, to the woods and tall old castle of Carrigaholt, and the long point out to the churches and battery of Kilcredaun. The shadowy outline of the huge mountains of Slieve Mish and Brandon shows half lost in the haze beyond. There is a considerable number of fairly preserved earthen rings from here to Carrigaholt.

Lisheen or Lisheenfurroor, though conspicuous from all sides, lying, as it does, on the summit of an isolated rising ground, is small. Lismadine is a low ring, without a fosse, lying to the north of the main road; opposite it to the south of that road is a small steep banked ring; another house site enclosing a “cave,” and two injured forts; only a segment of the western bank, barely 5 feet high, with a slight fosse, remains of the southern liss. Still farther south below the old road near the low cliffs of the river bank, not far from the chasm and natural arch of Poulnagollour, lie two very perfect forts, Lismaguine and Lisheencrony, each with inner and outer rings and a fosse. To the west of them are two more low rings; that near the road has no trace of a ditch. A low ring lies beyond Liscrona House to the N. E. of Lisheencrony.