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Gallery wrapped, canvas prints.
Lissadooneen can be seen on the left in this picture. It is an entrenched headland, cut off on the south by a straight walled creek, Googadoona (The Creek of the Doon) and a beautiful bay to the right of this photo called Bohaunna-baustee (Rainbows).
Lissadooneen has a curved fosse and earthworks, about 105 feet long through the fosse. We first find a late fence and ditch, 27 feet from the fort, enclosing the "burial-place of a ship's crew "; The "Peggy" sank here in 1790 and lost all hands. It is certainly, with its sward of lovely sea-pinks and vetches, an appropriate resting-place for those taken too late from the " remorseless deep".
The outer bank of the fort was levelled, probably for material for the later fence; it is hardly 2 feet high, and is 18 feet wide. A gangway, 9 feet wide, 18 feet long, and 5 feet high, crosses the fosse, and cuts through the inner mound at 57 feet from the south cliff. The fosse is 9 feet wide at the bottom and 8 feet to 10 feet below the field. The inner ring is very steep and rises 17 feet to 18 feet over the fosse and 9 feet to 10 feet over the garth ; it is 27 feet thick at the gangway, and 6 feet on top and (like the garth) is richly coated with long grass and great bosses of sea-pinks, deep rose and white.
The south end of the earthwork, next to Gougadoona, has fallen away; it shows an instructive and well-marked section. It is evident that the fort-builders first dug a more shallow trench, throwing the earth on to the field-level in a mound, only 3 to 4 feet high at present. They next laid another layer a few feet thick over the whole, which bonded perfectly with the older mound, and forms the lower face of the present work for 12 to 14 feet up. Lastly, and evidently long after the consolidation of the former works, the fosse was deepened at the ends down to the rock, and the earth heaped behind and to a height of 4 to 5 feet over the old work: the stratification, as may be seen in the appended section, showing the successive stages. The last addition, however, did not cover the front of the older work, so it never "bonded" and has left a ridge-like break along both wings of the mound. The garth does not appreciably differ from its old level, but this is no proof of late construction, as the same is observable at many dolmens, ogham stones, and carved crosses, as well as at evidently early oratories and cahers.
The fosse is but little filled, which may imply at least maintenance to late times. The contrast between the steep mounds and clear ditches of this fort and that near the Stack Rock, (The Devil's Castle) with the half -obliterated works at Kerry Head and Doon-Eask Fort near Dingle, is very strong ; but it may result from stone-facing, as in the case of the ring-forts in various parts of Ireland.
A short way up the hill, in a field called in 1840 " Parknacarriga," but now nameless, is an earthen fort, a neat little house-ring, 75 feet across the garth with no fosse, its furze-clad bank, 12 feet thick and 6 feet high.
A row of " gallauns," or rude pillars, lies to the south-west in line with the fort ; they measure the second eastern, a rough somewhat oblong stone, 6 feet 6 inches high by 3 feet by 4 feet; the third is wedge-shaped, 5 feet 3 inches high by 2 feet by 2 feet; the fourth and fifth, like the most eastern, have fallen and are broken; the sixth is a stump, 1 feet high and 2 feet square; the seventh and most western is broken; 3 feet remains, 2 feet by 2 feet at the base. They were probably connected with the fort.
Opposite this is the true mouth of the Shannon, over two miles wide from Dooneen to Kilcredaun in Clare, the great estuary bay opening westward and hence the name of the surrounding area, Béal (Mouth).