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Clare Island - Strake

Site/Artefact
Clare Island - Strake

Type
Promontory Fort

Site Number
SMR Mayo 085 01501

National Grid Reference
068800 East
284160 North

Map ( 1:50000)
Ordnance Survey Ireland, Discovery Series, 30

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Doonagappul - promontory fort

Description
The site at 'Doonagappul' is a typical example of a promontory fort on the west coast of Ireland. Located on the southern shore of Clare Island and one of five forts on the Island it lies at the southern extremity of a dense concentration of promontory forts centred on the northwest Mayo region (Casey, 1993). These coastal promontory forts have an almost western European distribution, suggesting a separate building tradition and not an adaptation of the local hillfort type to a coastal situation (Aalen, 1997).

Defended on three sides by the sea and on the landward side by an earth and stone bank it would have provided a formidable obstacle to attack. Evidence from an excavation undertaken at the site in 1992 suggests that this may be an example of an unfinished promontory fort (Casey, 1993).

Cliffs on Clare Island
Cliffs on Clare Island

Excavation Details

Casey, M. 1993, Report on the Archaeological excavation of Doonagappul promontory fort, Strake townland, Clare Island, County Mayo, in New Survey of Clare Island, Ed: Gosling, P. 1991-1995, Royal Irish Academy, PP, 54-63

Access/Ownership
Clew Bay Archaeological Trail

References

Mayo Sites and Artefacts

1. Mayo Abbey
2. Balla
3. Ballintubber Abbey
4. Tóchar Phadraig
5. Aghagower
6. Lankhill
7. Boheh
8. Croagh Patrick Summit
9. Carrownalurgan
10. Ardoley
11. Kiladangan
12. Glaspatrick
13. Shrawee
14. Clare Island - Strake
15. Clare Island - Lecarrow
16. Caher Island
17. Durless

18. Carrowmore
19. Knappaghmanagh
20. Cushalogurt
21. Carrowkeel Ecclesiastical Remains
22. Thornhill
23. Carrowkeel Murrisk
24. Carrowkeel Cahernaran
25. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-1
26. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-2
27. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-3
28. Carrowmacloughlin/ Glencally/ Teevenacroaghy
29. Carrowmacloughlin Sweathouses
30. Glaspatrick Holy Well

31. Glaspatrick Rath-1
32. Glaspatrick Early Ecclesiastical Remains
33. Glaspatrick Ringfort
34. Glaspatrick Rath-2
35. Glaspatrick Ecclesiatical Remains
36. Glaspatrick Altar
38. Glaspatrick Graveyard
39. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-1
40. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-2
41. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-3
42. Teevenacroaghy

 

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