If you are looking for a historical and cultural attraction in Galway, you might want to visit the Carrowmore Ringforts. These are two small forts that date back to the early medieval period and offer a fascinating insight into the life and society of the people who built and inhabited them.

Ringforts are enclosed settlements that were common in Ireland from the mid-3rd century AD to the mid-14th century AD. They are also known as ráth, lios, caiseal, cathair or dún in the early Irish sources. Ringforts are traditionally regarded as farmsteads and were, in the caste system of the early medieval period, the home of a free man and his family at the centre of a mixed agricultural economy, which was dominated by cattle.

Ringforts usually consisted of a raised area enclosed by a bank and outer fosse or ditch. They were usually circular, D-shaped or oval, with a single or double entrance. The typical ringfort would have enclosed one or more simple houses with outbuildings, made from upright wooden posts interlaced with wattle-and-daub panels.

The Carrowmore Ringforts are an example of paired ringforts (as opposed to a single ring fort), which may reflect a smaller family groupings. They are located in the townland of Carrowmore, near Ardrahan, in Galway East. The Carrowmore Ringforts are accessible by a short walk from the road and are surrounded by fields and trees. They offer a peaceful and scenic spot to explore and imagine how life was like for the people who lived there centuries ago.

The Carrowmore Ringforts are open to the public and free to visit. However, they are on private land, so please seek the landowner’s permission in advance and respect the property and do not litter or damage anything. The Carrowmore Ringforts are a hidden gem in Galway that offer a glimpse into the ancient past of Ireland. They are worth a visit if you are interested in history, culture or nature.


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Carrowmore Ringforts



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