Cairn (Ring Cairn)

On the summit of Knockranny/Cnoc Raithní

Moycullen Historical Society - Inventory Sub-Committee

View of Knockranny Cairn facing North West.
Hazel Morrison
View of Knockranny Cairn facing South East
Hazel Morrison
Capstone of Cist visible on right of photo
Hazel Morrison
Small rectangular Cist at Knockranny Cairn
Christy Cunniffe

Knockranny Ring Cairn

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 (Width 0.5m) at the NNW section. The interior is slightly dished in profile but it is partially obscured by a modern drystone-built cairn (Height 1m; Diameter. 2.3m) which occupies the centre of the monument.

rectangular cist

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.

*Please note this site is on private property and animals may be present.


National Monuments Service Archaeological Survey of Ireland

This page was added on 20/01/2017.

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  • Fadó, thugadh muintir na háite ‘An Doirín’ ar an gcoill beag ársa atá ag íochtar an chnoic, agus Tamhain Uachtar a tugadh ar an gcnoc mar gheall go raibh sé mar thamhain nó ‘trunk’ a d’árdaigh suas os cionn na coille,

    By Colm Ó Cualáin (02/07/2017)
  • Some locals refer to this as An Tamhain Uachtair

    By Thomas MacLochlainn (15/02/2017)

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