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Cahergall ring fort, County Kerry

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Irish ring forts, Co.Kerry
Irish Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Cahergall Ring fort

Cahergall stone fort

Following on from yesterdays post relating to Leacanabuile ring for in county Kerry, the area around the fort also contains more ring forts from the same period in Irish history.

Cahergall ring fort is a massive stone construction, built between 400BC and 500AD, It can be found close to Cahersiveen, County Kerry. Leacanabuaile feels very much more like a dwelling place for people to both live and keep themselves safe from the surrounding Environment. This included raiders and wild animals stealing cattle.

On approaching Cahergall, the scale of this fort is massive in comparison to Leacanabuaile, the walls rise some four to six meters from the ground, perfectly flat and sloping inwards from the ground towards the top. The fort is some twenty five meters wide and the walls some four meter thick.

Inside the fort the inner walls are stepped and consisting of three levels, each of these levels has a series of steps that take you the upper level. The top of the wall is full grassed and walkable. The views of the coastline and landscape around the fort is spectacular from here.

Although this fort is described as a living place, it is very different from other forts around, It has only one internal enclosure and this structure does not look like it could be lived in, at least not in the same way as the buildings within the other forts.

The semi-circular wall’s forming a circle in the center of the fort appear to be very much the focus point from the main walls, almost like this place was a ceremonial theater of some kind. You have to ask why the very different design for this place compared to the other forts and why it was built on such a grand scale. It is very much the focus point for the local community in the same way a church or public building would be today.

As to who these people where, Pat Flannery has some very interesting ideas and his views on Irish per-christian history is very interesting :

Cahergall Fort has been restored by the OPW and is owned by the Irish State.

Cahergall is well worth a visit if you are in the area and only short distance from Leacanabuaile Stone Fort.

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16 responses

  1. Hi Nigel! What an amazing structure … and your images really do it justice. … I want to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. Whether you accept it or not I wanted you to know that I appreciate your continued support as a reader of my blog “Musings of a Horse Mom.” For more information, please click on the link. … Be well, Dorothy πŸ™‚

    August 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    • Hello Dorothy πŸ™‚ Thank you and as always I am very pleased you like this post πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      I will come over a take a look very soon, that is very kind of you so a big : THANK YOU !

      August 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      • You are most welcome, Nigel. πŸ™‚

        August 5, 2013 at 8:49 pm

  2. Stunning constructions!

    August 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    • Hello Simon πŸ™‚

      Yes absolutely, the entire area is just amazing, I am just not convinced with the idea that this place is a simple home, no matter how important the individual was !

      August 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm

  3. You have such an interesting country! Love the history, great photos πŸ™‚

    August 6, 2013 at 11:01 am

    • Hello Norma πŸ™‚

      Yes that true, I have been here some ten years now and am only just finding these places… πŸ™‚

      Australia must have some wonderful history too ?

      August 7, 2013 at 7:36 am

      • It does but not as old as yours though.

        August 7, 2013 at 9:55 am

  4. 1annecasey

    Beautiful, vivid colours and crisp detail, with great perspectives, Nigel – combining to give a very palpable sense of place. Nice info too. I find these places quite spellbinding to visit – they seem to channel so much ancient energy.

    August 7, 2013 at 10:55 am

    • Hello Anne πŸ™‚

      Yes they are just magical places, I will visit these many time, Just loved walking around them πŸ™‚

      August 7, 2013 at 11:42 am

  5. I want a stone fort. πŸ˜€

    August 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm

  6. Nice place and photo’s. Nigel. Like the the small people in some of them; they give scale to the matter. Cheers, harrie.

    August 29, 2013 at 11:10 am

  7. Pingback: Pagan ring forts and passage tombs , From Kerry to kilkenny | Nigel borrington

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