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This hillfort is a couple of miles from Castlerea in Roscommon. The "fort" has 4 ditches and has two mounds within it. They are thought to be bronze age burial mounds and as such Rathra is thought to be a ritual monument. The is another huge mound to the east (which for some reason I didnt take a photo of) which is a possible passage mound.
It is a highly impressive monument and difficult to photograph but well worth a visit. There is a sign into the field where it stands and a stile so there doesnt seem to be any problem with access.
I also saw a very unusual stone within the complex. This stone looked to me like a cross between a sile na gig and a bullaun stone. What is even of more interest was the unusual fossil in one "leg" of it. I wonder was this some kind of inaugeration stone and if anyone has any more information on it.

Some links to further info on Rathra.
bawn79 Posted by bawn79
9th January 2011ce

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