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Cahergall Ring Fort
 

County

Kerry

Coordinates

N 51° 57' 21.48"   W 010° 15' 27.78"

Nearest town

Cahersiveen

Grid Ref.

V 44830 80617

Map No.

83

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

23

Date of visit

Wednesday 15 June 2016

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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A path approaches the ring fort from roughly the north.


This is one of the most beautiful and best preserved ring forts in Ireland. I've been dreaming of coming back to this site for 14 years and this time we have been rewarded with a shining sun and dry weather, unlike the first time.
It is clear that the fort has been recently restored to give it the perfect look that it has now. It is a circular structure of 33 metres of diameter. The walls are about 5 metres thick at the base but they taper to only 1 metre at the top. They are up to 4 metres high. The purpose of structures like this was mainly for dwelling but also for protecting the lands that the owners would farm.
The fort has a lintelled doorway on the southeast (140°) side and this gives access to inner yard where a smaller circular structure is. This was probably a house for the wealthy family who built and owned the fort around the 10th-11th century. This house has an inner diameter of 9 metres, with walls that are 130 centimetres thick. The circular structure is cut into two halves by a pathway that runs through it along the southeast-northwest axis.
The inner face of the fort walls have multiple ramps to reach the top level.
The monument is absolutely well kept and the visit to this amazing site was a real treat!
From the top of the ramparts it is possible to see Leacanabuaile Stone Fort to the northwest and Ballycarbery Castle to the south.


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