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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

Forts in Moyarta Parish: Rathmacderrig

Rathmacderrig.—A large low fort lies not far to the east of Lissanuala. The townland in which it stands is now called Rinemacderrig, and contains Carrigaholt Castle; but in 1655 it bore the “rath” name, obviously from the large earthwork. [52]

The mounds are low and without a fosse, rising barely 4 feet to 4½ feet over the field for most of their circuit. The structure measures 150 feet across, and is nearly overgrown with thick furze bushes with no mounds in the garth. It could never have been intended for defence, and does not appear to have been demolished.