[Ringforts between Tipperary and Limerick]

Sketch plan of earthworks observed by the traveller near Tipperary town, on the road to Limerick, with elevations of the internal raised areas given in feet.
Based on the position and description provided, the two monuments may be conjecturally identified as the barrow (lower part of illustration) and rath (upper part of illustration) at Barronstown, approximately 5 kilometres from Tipperary town, near the junction of the N24 and the L8106. The road no longer passes between the two sets of earthworks, but skirts them on the NE side. Most of the features noted by the anonymous author of this account have disappeared. The present appearance of each monument is described in the Archaeological Survey, at http://webgis.archaeology.ie/NationalMonuments/FlexViewer/, records TS058-055001- and TS058-055002-. Accessed 3.12.2017.

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption within boundaries of image – No. I.
  • Text within boundaries of image –
    180 Feet
    Tipperary To Limerick
    110 Feet
    50 ft.

Image Details

Genre Scientific or Technical illustration
Technique Wash drawings
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites, Forts and fortifications
Geographical Location
  • Barronstown, Co. Tipperary - Townland
  • Tipperary - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Archaeological sites, Ringforts
Colour Handcoloured
Dimensions 24 cm x 37.8 cm
Published / created 1810

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Sketch South of Ireland
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy p. 9
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 672
Alternative source

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Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

I cannot help taking notice of a singular species of Work, or Entrenchment, very frequently met with in travelling over Ireland. The Natives call them Raths, and suppose them to be constructed by the Danes, or Ostmen. Indeed the same are to be found in England, as well as Scotland, where they are also thought to be the work of the same people. They are always circular, occupying some advantageous height. None of those I examined were above two hundred feet diameter, or about six hundred feet in circumference, so that probably they were intended as small Posts, to cover Detachments of their Army, or perhaps to secure Depots of provision. Had they been the Sites of Castles, or Strong-Holds, some remains of masonry would be still visible, but I never could observe the smallest vestige of Stone, or Lime. / These two Specimens are upon a small height in the neighbourhood of Tipperary, on the Road to Limerick. They are placed at a little distance from each other, and from the difference of their figures, seem to have been intended for different purposes. [pp. 1-2]
Ringforts between Tipperary and Limerick