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Knockdrum Ring Fort
 

County

Cork

Coordinates

N 51° 31' 35.5"   W 009° 11' 37.5"

Nearest town

Castletownshend

Grid Ref.

W 17202 31043

Map No.

89

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

125

Date of visit

Thursday 3 June 2010

GPS Accuracy (m)

6
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The ring fort as it appears when approaching it from the northeast.


Reaching this place was a little tricky. First of all there are no space to park the car nearby, then we had to follow a long path and climb on steep ridges among thorns, nettles and barbed wire.
The ring fort is atop the hill with a wonderful view over the bay, if only the weather had been good that day.
It's in good conditions and has an inner diameter of about 19 metres. Its walls are 1.60 metres tall and 3.30 metres thick.
The entrance is on the east-northeast (60°) side and the wall, in this point, has a passage for a gallery that runs into the walls. At the centre of the fort there's a low square stone construction which measures 4 metres by 4.50 metres. Maybe it was some sort of dwelling or shelter. From here a souterrain starts, but the access was closed by a locked gate.
Inside the fort, to the left of the entrance, there's an upright cross pillar, a standing stone ornated with a cross on its north-northwest (340°) side and another one on its south-southeast (160°) side.
The first cross measures 22 centimetres by 20 centimetres. The second cross measures 12 centimetres each side.
The pillar itself is 1.45 metres tall, 30 centimetres wide and 20 centimetres thick.
To the right of the entrance, on the ground, lies a stone slab with its surface completely covered by cupmarks.
From up here we could see the Gurranes stone row.


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