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Leacanabuaile Ring Fort
 

County

Kerry

Coordinates

N 51° 57' 29.46"   W 010° 15' 42.66"

Nearest town

Cahersiveen

Grid Ref.

V 44553 80872

Map No.

83

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

30

Date of visit

Wednesday 15 June 2016

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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Leacanabuaile Stone Fort seen from Cahergall Stone Fort.


This beautiful stone fort is at close distance from the most famous Cahergall Stone Fort but it's less impressive in dimensions and look. It's also not circular, it's rather an oblong enclosure with some rounded corners. The walls of the ring fort have two mural chambers or passages within them. They were probably places for storage of food.
The fort was built between the 9th and 10th century. The average diameter of the fort is 26 metres. It has an entrance in the east-southeast (100°) side to the inner yard where four stone structures are. These were the dwellings for the members of the wealthy family who built and owned the fort and the surrounding lands. The house in the centre of the yard has a square plan and is the largest of all. Another square plan house is the one outlined in the northeast quarter of the yard.
To the west of the largest house and adjacent both to it and the fort wall is a round house whose access is through the first house. Within this round house is the access to an underground passage leading to one of the chambers into the ring fort walls. Another feature of this house is the presence of four postholes in the ground that suggest us that this house had a thatched or timber roof and the four timber poles were its supports. A fourth rectangular house is in the southeast quarter of the yard.
From this fort is possible to see Cahergall Stone Fort to the southeast.


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