Cairn (Ring Cairn)
On the summit of Knockranny/Cnoc Raithní
Moycullen Historical Society - Inventory Sub-Committee
cairn with a panoramic view
On the summit of Knockranny, a locally prominent steep-sided hill, this small low circular ring-cairn (overall diam. c. 11m) is defined by a grassy bank externally and a ragged stony scarp internally. There is a narrow gap (Wth 0.5m) at NNW. The interior is slightly dished in profile but it is partially obscured by a modern drystone-built cairn (H 1m; diam. 2.3m) which occupies the centre of the monument.
A cist (which is an ancient coffin or burial chamber made from stone or a hollowed tree) is visible in the SSE sector. The large stone on the right of the modern drystone build is likely to have been the capstone for the cist.
There is no known local folklore about this monument, which is one of a series of cairns on the tops of the hills in the wider landscape.
National Monuments Service Archaeological Survey of Ireland