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There are two ancient Stone Ring Forts located just north of Cahersiveen, in Co. Kerry, Leacanabuail and Cahergal.

Intriguingly, the two stone forts are only about 400 yards apart which poses the interesting question of why two such imposing structures were built so close together.


In comparison to Cahergal, Leacanabuaile Fort is much more complex in structure,consisting of a single circular building and three square buildings. The vastly thick outer wall is believed to date back as far as the 6th century while the structures that are found within the fort are probably later,dating to the 9th century.

Leacanabuaile is one of only a few Irish Forts to have been excavated and those excavations revealed both Bronze and Iron Age objects suggesting that there was a farming community here from an early date.


Cahergal Stone Ring Fort (interior pictured here) is believed by Archaelogists to have been built between the 9th and 11th centuries and it is an amazing feat of ’dry wall’ construction with a ten foot thick fort wall. The fort’s interior wall is stepped with many terraces or inbuilt stairs which can be climbed allowing you to walk along its wide girth and enjoy a wonderful view. Within the fort, is the remains of a lone beehive hut.

Some people consider that Cahergal seems more like a kind of amphitheatre with tiered seating and a central stage while Leacanabuile seems more like a house, so possibly Cahergal was a place of entertainment or a ’court’ while Leacanabuaile was the clan castle. On the other hand,
they may not both have been occupied at the same time; some people have suggested that Cahergal may have been abandoned and the occupants moved to Leacanabuaile at some point.

One thing is for sure - we will never know....
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Nov 09 2012 13:11 GMT Bigbear10
Wonderful capture and history
Nov 09 2012 14:36 GMT 25barb
Very interesting notes...Love when history is given with the photos. Makes it more real to the viewer.
Great contrasts, lighting and composition. Love the mountains in the background.
Nov 09 2012 15:34 GMT Icandoit
very good entry
Nov 09 2012 15:39 GMT hans55 PRO
very good entry ...very very interresting historical information !!!
Nov 09 2012 15:39 GMT mcdonegal1 PRO
Super choice. Love all the notes to go with it.
Nov 09 2012 16:09 GMT sheasoru68
Great piece of history Peter.
Nov 09 2012 16:47 GMT Annamaria
A very special place with lots of history!!
Nov 09 2012 17:56 GMT elsje323
great entry and history
Nov 09 2012 21:30 GMT jomoud PRO
Fabulous capture and entry
Very fitting for this week's theme.
Thank you for the fascinating information.
Have a terrific weekend
Nov 10 2012 04:25 GMT roncarlin PRO
Great entry
Nov 10 2012 09:01 GMT sini
Great image and entry!:)
Nov 10 2012 09:43 GMT wijnie58
Great history and entry, Peter..:-))
Nov 10 2012 12:33 GMT josephnoel
Great history and great photo
Nov 10 2012 22:25 GMT legs4daze PRO
Oh i remember so well that lavender sky when we were there!!! lovely xo
Nov 11 2012 13:58 GMT Foggydew
A beauty!
Nov 14 2012 15:13 GMT Bellavista
seems to be a mystical place Peter!
Nov 16 2012 17:02 GMT aljd
lovely photo
Nov 18 2012 15:15 GMT Cronos1
SUPERB photo !

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