>>This may seem like nit-picking, and probably it is, but I'm
>>still perplexed and a teeny bit suspicious that (a) "longphort"
>>never appears overtly associated with ships, moorage, harbours,
>>etc.; and (b) that it used frequently and widely to refer to
>>inland camps, fortresses, stronghold, mansions, etc. etc.
--- Just FYI -- One of my informants in Ballinagh, Co. Cavan (the most aged man in the community, about 95 at that time), called a ringfort on his property a "port." I had seldom encountered that term in Ireland, usually hearing 'rath' or 'fort' instead. I take longphort to mean a linear earthwork or dyke...? --Wade