Lack Monuments

Trish O'Donnell

Lack Townland Stone
Milltown Heritage Group

Lack, Milltown, Co Galway

Monuments in Lack

There are 6 monuments in Lack. One Children’s Burial Ground, 1 Ringfort (rath), 1 Souterrain, 1 Country house, 1 designed landscape (tree-ring) and 1 Mill (unclassified).

The first monument is a Children’s Burial Ground which lies on a slight natural platform, approximately 50 meters west of the Clare River which marks the townland boundary. A rectangular area (North-South 14 meters, East-West 7 meters) enclosed by a low mortared stone wall. The interior is almost entirely covered with small set stones. Near the center, a few narrow slabs apparently cover entire graves.[1]

 

The second monument is a ringfort (rath), which lies on a rise in otherwise level grassland. The river Clare flows to south of the Subcircular ringfort (northwest-southeast 38m), in fair condition, defined by two banks and an intervening fosse. The inner bank is faced with stone. A field bank overlies the fosse and outer bank from north-northwest through north to southeast.[2]

 

The third monument is a Souterrain (from French ‘sous terrain’, meaning ‘under-ground’), lies within and adjoining the bank of a ringfort (GA016-090—). A fairly well preserved drystone-built souterrain, dog-legged in plan, consisting of two chambers connected by a creep. The 1st chamber (length 2.6m, width 1,1m) runs east-west. Access gained via an opening and the east end. A rectangular depression extending to east of this, with evidence of drystone walling and a possible roof lintel, suggests the chamber extended a further 5m in this direction. The creep (width 0.65m) at southwest end is inaccessible but leads to the 2nd chamber (length c. 12m) which runs northeast-southwest. A possible air vent (diameter 0.15m), indicated by a stone lined opening, and is visible on the outer face of the inner bank of the rath.[3]

 

The fourth monument is a Mill (unclassified), there are no descriptive details for this building at present.[4]

The fifth monument is a country house, there are no descriptive details for this building at present.

The sixth monument is a designed landscape; there are no descriptive details for this record at present.

 

[1] GA016-089—- (Archaeological Survey of Ireland, Record Details). http://archaeology.ie compiled by Olive Alcock, Kathy dehÓra and Paul Gosling. Uploaded 5th August 2010 (04th June 2014)

[2] GA016-090—- (Archaeological Survey of Ireland, Record Details). http://archaeology.ie compiled by Olive Alcock, Kathy dehÓra and Paul Gosling. Uploaded 5th August 2010 (04th June 2014)

[4] GA016-090001- (Archaeological Survey of Ireland, Record Details). http://archaeology.ie compiled by Olive Alcock, Kathy dehÓra and Paul Gosling. Uploaded 5th August 2010 (04th June 2014)

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