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Ringfort near the Sports Complex at Cleveragh, Sligo

Ringfort near the Sports Complex at Cleveragh, Sligo

Ringfort near the Sports Complex at Cleveragh, Sligo

Sligo Heritage & History Club has launched a project about the Folklore of Forts in the county.

The aim is to gather stories and folklore relating to ringforts around the county and the group is asking local people to share their knowledge and information with them.

There are over 1,800 ringforts on record in the county and these form a major part of its rich archaeological heritage.

While their archaeology has been well-studied, the purpose of this project is to collect and record as much of the folklore surrounding these sites as possible, including stories about fairies, hidden treasure, tunnels, etc.

These stories were once commonplace around the fireside but they are in real danger of being lost forever in the more modern age. To this end, the group has created a survey which they are asking anybody who is aware of any stories or folklore surrounding ringforts in their local area to fill out.

The link to the survey can be found on the Sligo Heritage & History Club Facebook page or by contacting Aisling Doddy at ashsligo@live.ie or on 086 2294808.

Any help that members of the public can provide with this will be vital in helping to preserve the rich Sligo folklore tradition for future generations. For more information please contact Aisling Doddy 086 2294808.Ringforts are the classic early medieval settlement type.

Many people lived in enclosed farmsteads known as ringforts in the Early Christian/Early Medieval period. Second to fulachta fiadh, they are the most common field monument surviving in Ireland with up to 60,000 examples, most dating to between 550-900AD.

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