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Caher Comaun Ring Fort
 

County

Clare

Coordinates

N 53° 00' 52.32"   W 009° 04' 13.56"

Nearest town

Kilfenora

Grid Ref.

R 28172 96518

Map No.

51

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

150

Date of visit

Saturday 17 June 2017

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The ring fort is approached from the south after a 20 minutes walk.


Reaching this site is quite a hike! And it's a bit tiring especially under the scorching sun we had upon us on the day of our visit. We never saw the sun in the Burren, this time we did.
After a 20 minutes walk (nearly 700 metres) along a fenced path with some steep segments, we reached this wonderful three-walled stone fort on the edge of a cliff to the northwest (330°).

The structure shows three concentric stone walls. The innermost enclosure was the only one to form a complete circle and would include houses. The other walls are semicircular and reach the edge of the cliffs with both ends.
It was built in the 9th century as a settlement for a clan of the kingdom of Cashel on the site of a previous settlement of the 5th or 6th century. In the 10th century the fort was remodeled and new houses were built inside. It was eventually abandoned at the end of the 10th century.
Excavations in 1934 also found a series of souterrains.

Unfortunately the walls have suffered much damage during the centuries, they are lower than they originally were and they are nearly missing in some sections.
Seen from the ground level it's impossible to understand the majesty of this fort, an aerial point of view would be better.

There were other stone structures outside the walls. Traces of them can still be found in the fields surrounding the fort.


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