Lisduff Ring Fort

Lisduff ring fort
Clare County Library
Lisduff ring fort
John Williams
Lisduff ring fort
Clare County Library
Lissduff Ring Fort

                                              Lisduff Ring Fort.

This is one of the most unknow gems on Loop Head. It is almost perfectly preserved, a huge size and deserves to be visited and enjoyed. It is however on private lands and permission of the owner should be sought before going on site. It is just beside the coastline with views of the sea, coastline and  across the peninsula to the Shannon estuary side. It is the largest ring fort in the area and is in view of 7 smaller ones. It would have been the centre of power in the area back in the Iron Age. Its military purpose would be primarily a lookout post for invaders by sea or land and then used during an invasion as a well protected fort.

Description of ring fort :This fort is conspicuous from its situation on a shoulder of Moveen West and its high ring, both from the main road to Carrigaholt and Cross, and from that over the bridge at the pretty creek of Bealanaglas. It is very perfect and nearly circular, being 105 feet to 108 feet across the garth, 190 feet over the ring, and 223 feet over all. The fosse is cut into the rock for 4 feet to 6 feet deep, and varies in width from 17 feet at the north to 18 feet at the gangway (east), and 10 feet to the south. The mound is largely of stone, rising 17 feet or 18 feet over the fosse and 8 feet 6 inches over the garth, being 1 foot or so lower to the south. It had a low terrace 3 feet to 5 feet wide round the inside of the bank.One point of importance in the cutting of the fosse is that a gangway is left in the rock, which shows that in certain cases this feature was coeval with the fort.

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