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Rathgall Ring Fort
 

County

Wicklow

Coordinates

N 52° 48' 08.0"   W 006° 39' 46.9"

Nearest town

Tullow

Grid Ref.

S 90222 73157

Map No.

61

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

141

Date of visit

Tuesday 11 June 2013

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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Approaching from the north.


Third visit to this wonderful ring fort not far from Tullow. The other two visits were on June 3rd, 2001, and on May 20th, 2002.
We had to wait for the heavy rain to stop before being able to step out of our car and walk to the fort.
The ring fort is actually formed by four concentric ramparts, but only the two innermost rings are well visible. The outermost of the two has a diameter of about 85 metres, the innermost one has a diameter of about 35 metres.
From the timber gate on the main road we walked for 150 metres along the footpath towards south until we reached a gap in the outer ring of the fort. This gap is aligned to the northwest (330°). The innermost ring has a gap on the west (260°) side, the wall at this point is 5 metres thick, it gets thicker at the south end and very thin at the northeast. The innermost cashel is also the more modern part of the complex. It was probably built in medieval times, while the other three rings are from a prehistoric period.
The purpose of the fort was to protect a community who lived on farming and agriculture.


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