Cahercommaun : Stone Fort

CountyClare
Grid RefR 282 965
Longitude9° 4' 11.75" W
Latitude53° 0' 51.93" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCorrofin (7.8 Km)
OS Sheet51
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 27th October 2002

Do not let the 'Cahercommaun 1km' sign at the road stop you from trekking to this amazing place. The path is fairly easy going apart from the last little up hill bit that takes you onto the plateau upon which the fort stands.

To fort itself is very ruinous, but what does remain allows you to easily envisage its form and perhaps even its scale.

It was roughly D-shaped with the flat northern edge against a high cliff face protecting that side. The central area (the main stronghold) had walls 3m thick, protecting huts within the inner sanctum, which still reach a height of 3.5m in places.

Outside of this are two concentric areas, within which you can still find the foundations of further huts.

Before you reach the main site you walk past huge rings of stones marking where and outer settlement once stood, which in themselves are quite fascinating when you start tracing the outlines of the huts.

Bring a picnic, the family and make a day of it, just pick a nice day.

Sunday, 6th June 2004

The walk to the site was quite lovely and is especially easy of you have special company as I did today. Along the way we saw a cuckoo (ungainly looking things) sitting on a telegraph pole doing a lot of cuckoo-ing! It was a lovely surprise to see the beauty of his tail feathers when he flew to another post after a while. We also saw a pigmy shrew (deceased) on the track.

There have been some changes up at the fort since my last visit. There is now a boardwalk around the outside of the outer wall, which leads you around to the old entrance. From here the boardwalk enters the fort and leads to a viewing platform above the inner sanctum. This is all very well constructed and quite sympathetic.

It does, obviously, provide some protection for the fragile ruins and is a good addition in general.

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Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

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