BALLYGRACE (Baile an Ghréasaí), CHURCHTOWN, near Mallow, County Cork (photographs and information thanks to Noel Linehan, Ballygrace).

Aerial view of a ringfort, Liosnagrough, Ballygrace, Churchtown thanks to Noel Linehan, owner.

Recorded by the Cork Archaeological Survey as ‘Roughly circular area (32m E-W; 29.5m N-S) enclosed by earthen bank (int. H 0.8m) with external fosse (D 0.6m); outer earthen bank (int. H 1.4m; ext. H 1.4m) c. 19m outside of fosse; external fosse (fosse two) to W (D 1m) and N. Internal face of inner bank is low SW ->E, sloping gently down to interior.’

To the south and east of this ringfort lie several circular enclosures evident as cropmarks, as well as outlines of a number of field systems. They may relate to the ringfort or may represent earlier evidence of settlement and farming in prehistoric Ballygrace.

In the fields to the west of Liosnagrough are several prehistoric fulachta fia. It is not known what fulachta fia were used for but a common suggestion is a cooking place, though little evidence of cooking has been found on excavated examples. They may simply have been used for boiling water for a multitude of tasks, including cooking, washing, dying and bathing.

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A splendid aerial view of Liosnagrough Ringfort, Ballygrace, Churchtown.

BELOW A WILDLFIE POND AT BALLYGRACE.

BELOW SOME ORCHIDS IN BALLYGRACE.

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