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Glanfahan Clochán
 

County

Kerry

Coordinates

N 52° 05' 59.9"   W 010° 26' 19.3"

Nearest town

Dingle

Grid Ref.

V 32944 96980

Map No.

70

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

77

Date of visit

Wednesday 26 June 2013

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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Inside the lonely clochán.


A small group of clocháns (or beehive huts) forms what once could have been a farmers' village. The clocháns are spread on the slope of the hill in the Glanfahan area. There are 7 beehive huts, with a group of two and a group of three of them joined together, plus two lonely huts.
A first lonely clochán is right behind the house where we asked a lady to visit the area and she granted the permission upon the payment of a small entrance fee.
The coordinates for this page have been taken at this first clochán.
Another lonely clochán is further uphill. Then, about 90 metres north from the house, up on the hill with a rise of 35 metres, there's the group of two joined beehive huts. Down the hill and closer to the road there's the group of three joined huts.
The size of these three huts may vary from two small ones to a large one being in the middle, probably accordingly with the number of the members in the family.
The two lonely clocháns are complete and the structure and building technique can be observed and understood. Most likely these clocháns are more recent construction or they have been restored.
The stone steps on the outer face of one of the intact clocháns were used by the builders to work at different levels of height during the construction.
A few metres to the west from the two co-joined clocháns there's a wedge tomb.


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