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O'Brien, W.
33rd Irish Conference of Medievalists
Garranes: an early medieval royal landscape in south-west Ireland
University Colllege cORK
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This paper considers recent archaeological investigations of the well-known ringfort landscape at Garranes, Templemartin, Co. Cork. The focal monument is an impressive trivallate ringfort (Lisnacaheragh), long identified as Rath Raithleann the seat of a regional branch of the Eóganacht dynasty, who dominated the political landscape of south Munster in the early medieval period. The results of recent excavation at Lisnacaheragh are presented, along with the investigation of an adjacent enclosure (Lisnamanroe), and three other earthworks in that area. The implications of these findings for an understanding of a minor royal landscape are discussed.