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Rathbeg, County Antrim

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County  County Antrim
Sovereign state  United Kingdom
EU Parliament  Northern Ireland
Country  Northern Ireland
Postcode district  BT41
Dialling code  028
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Rathbeg (from Irish: An Ráth Beag, meaning "the little fort") is a townland in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is situated in the civil parishes of Grange of Nilteen (3 acres) and Donegore (178 acres), both in the historic barony of Antrim Upper.

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History

The townland name is first recorded in the Annals of the Four Masters which reported that the High King of Ireland, Diarmait mac Cerbaill, was slain by Áed Dub mac Suibni, the king of Dál nAraidi and Ulaid, was slain at Rdith Bec in 565 AD. The fort after which the townland is named was removed during the construction of the M2 motorway in 1973, although the name Rathbeg was retained for the traffic roundabout in the townland.

Archaeology

In 1967 rescue excavations took place in advance of motorway construction (at grid ref: J183882) at the rath site some 2.5 miles north-east of Antrim. The rath had been surrounded by a V-shaped ditch 19ft wide and 9ft deep. Fragments of a cordoned souterrain pot were found and a kiln structure and charcoal remains.

References

Rathbeg, County Antrim Wikipedia


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