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Clare Places: Towns & Villages
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Places of Interest

  • CLENAGH CASTLE is a much overgrown tower house built by the McMahon family and, has on the wall at the right side of the door a shiela -na- gig, a fertility symbol of pre-Christian origin. The tower house was occupied up to about two hundred years ago.
  • MOOGHAUN tower house was built in the late fifteenth century by Matthew MacNamara and was restored some years ago as a private residence.
  • MOOGHAUN, or MOGHANE HILL FORT is situated within the Dromoland estate about two miles north of the village.
  • RATHLAHINE is a large townland about three miles south-east of Newmarket village. Its name is derived from RATH LOCHAIN, the fort of the pond. On a prominent hill within the townland is a medium-size earthen ring fort which is lined on the outside with stone. Rathlahine, or Ralahine, has gone down in history as the site of the famous "Rathlahine Agricultural and Manufacturing Co-operative Association."
  • RATHLAHINE TOWER HOUSE is still in relatively good condition. It was built by Sheeda MacNamara in 1490 and was later occupied by the Vandeleurs. When Thomas Dineley did his tour of Ireland in 1680, he stayed at the tower house and drew a sketch showing that a bawn wall and extensive out-buildings were attached. Description in 1681
  • KNOCKADOON RING FORTS are sited on top of a hill, with a spectacular view over the Fergus estuary.


Sixmilebridge: 1839 Ordnance Survey
Placename Books for County Clare