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Respect for the Ráth

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I’m plotting map detail down Dingle way these days and it’s notable how many ráths and caiseals, earthen and stone banked ringforts are still extant. There are cases where all that’s left is a national monument record and the vague outline of a bank. But many survive and it’s clear in this case, that the landowners had a bit of respect for the ancient ráth, for their farm access road carefully skirts the banks rather than ploughing straight through.

The word ráth appears in many placenames and a guide to it’s pronunciation is better found in Raheny (Ra-heeny) say, than Rathmines (Rath-mines). So it’s ‘raa’ or ‘raw’ in local parlance.