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Raharney Ringfort
Ráth Fhearna • Ráth Athairne
Location Raharney, County Westmeath, Ireland
Altitude 83 m (272 ft)
Type ringfort
Area 0.17 ha (0.42 acres)
Diameter 39 m (128 ft)
Height 3 m (9.8 ft)
History
Material earth
Cultures Gaelic Ireland
Site notes
Ownership private
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Raherney
Reference no. 572

Raharney Ringfort is a ringfort located in County Westmeath, Ireland and a National Monument.

Location

Raharney Ringfort is located immediately west of Raharney village, just south of the R156.

History

Raths were ancient circular fortified settlements or homesteads in Gaelic Ireland (i.e. prior to 1170). The name is from the Irish Ráth Fhearna (ringfort of alder) or Ráth Athairne (ringfort of Athirne, a mythical poet).

Description

The rath is relatively small, covering 0.17 ha (0.42 acres). it is visible today as a slight hill in the middle of a field, covered in trees.

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