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|Archaeology of the Burren: Prehistoric Forts and Dolmens in North Clare by Thomas Johnson Westropp
Part III: Northern Burren: Killonaghan; Balliny
It is a circular fort, 118 feet in internal diameter, the wall 10 feet thick and from 5 feet to 8 feet high. Segments to the south-west and east are built of large blocks, the most massive being on the eastern side, where the caher was undefended by the ground; most of these blocks are 4 feet long, one nearly 7 feet, and several over 6 feet long, and about 18 inches thick and wide; the smaller stones are mostly used as headers. The wall has a slight and variant batter, and has the appearance of a terrace which was formed (as at Ballyallaban) by the removal of the inner face and the filling, leaving the outer facing as a parapet. I found no traces of steps, upright joints, or old enclosures. So much has been patched, rebuilt and overgrown, that the fort is of little antiquarian value, though it has gained in picturesqueness. There are two gaps, one to the east, probably on the site of the gateway, the other in the north, to let in a bohereen. Lord Dunraven has briefly described this caher.