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Lisnaran Fort
Lios na Rann
Location Linns, Annagassan, County Louth, Ireland
Region Dundalk Harbour
Altitude 17 m (56 ft)
Type ringfort
Part of Linn Duachaill?
Area 0.2 ha (0.49 acres)
Circumference 335 m (1,099 ft)
History
Builder Norse Gaels?
Material earth
Founded 9th–10th century
Abandoned 14th century?
Periods Viking Ireland
Cultures Norse Gaels/Gaelic Irish
Site notes
Archaeologists Paul Stevens
Public access yes
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Lisnaran Fort
Reference no. 579

Lisnaran Fort is a ringfort (rath) and National Monument located in County Louth, Ireland.

Location

Lisnaran Fort is located outside Annagassan, near the meeting-point of the River Glyde and River Dee.

History

Edward II pennies
Silver penny of Edward II (YORYM 2014 452 665) obverse.jpgSilver penny of Edward II (YORYM 2014 452 665) reverse.jpg
Obverse Reverse
Pennies of Edward II, like those found at Lisnaran.

Lisnaran contains the remains of circular and a rectangular structures, and may have featured more extensive defences outside the main enclosure. It was historically associated with the Viking longphort Linn Duachaill, but the combination of a hillfort with round and rectangular structures suggests a Gaelic Irish origin. The only find at Lisnaran was a wooden box in 1928, containing twelve silver pennies, all dating from 1279–1315 and from the reign of Edward I or Edward II as Lord of Ireland.

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