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wild daffodils below the beech tree at lisnagade ring fort, near scarva, county down.

there are 45,000 ancient ring forts throughout ireland. in the province of ulster they are densest in counties antrim, armagh and down. townlands commonly get their name from ancient dwellings within them,

lisnagade fort, from the irish: ‘Lios na gCead’ meaning "fort of the hundred", is a large celtic rath, three miles from banbridge, county down. this fort has a commanding view of the surrounding countryside, from which a great number of forts can be seen. it supposedly got its name by being the chief, or centre, of a hundred other forts.

lisnagade is one of the most extensive and best-preserved of its kind: it consists of treble ramparts and intrenchments; the entrance is from the east, leading into an extensive circular enclosure, the fosses on every side are very deep, and it is remarkable that they are all paved at the bottom with rounded pebbles set in clay. though bronze artefacts, including coins, a cauldron, and weapons have been recovered from the site, little is known about its occupants.

this ancient site dates back more than 1000 years, and is thought to have been constructed around 350 AD. the interior is now overgrown with vegetation, and a beech tree just off centre now provides the main focal point. its stretched out branches gave me the feeling of a ghost from the past being present.

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  • Copyright: brian mccready (brianmcc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 570 W: 0 N: 1046] (6223)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-03-18
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Exposure: f/10.0, 1/25 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2012-04-01 1:39
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