Clogher stone fort.

10 May

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After our explorations at Coolavin House (see previous post) we decided to visit Clogher Stone Fort. Just down the road it is on the lands of the Coolavin Estate.

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The entrance is under the stone arch and through this lovely iron gate. I believe this is called a kissing gate.

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A short walk through an area with some lovely trees…mostly Beeches…brings one to the fort.

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Sitting atop the hill in all it’s glory is the ancient fort.

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The walls are 15 feet thick and about 10 feet high. It would have taken a lot of labour to build this so it would have belonged to a fairly wealthy family. It is estimated to have been built about 2,000 years ago.

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It would have been built for defensive purposes. ..the family  living in huts within the compound. Amazing to think that 2,000 years ago our ancestors would have been climbing these steps to survey the countryside for friend or foe on the horizon.

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There are 2 souterrains within the fort. Souterrains are believed to have been used to store perishable foodstuffs and as hiding places during raids. These ones are also said to lead on to tunnels which emerge about a mile away.

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We really had a lovely time here amongst the trees and the stones…two of my favourite things.

 

 

 

 

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16 Responses to “Clogher stone fort.”

  1. charlieeasterfield May 10, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    Lovely post! Must get there one day x

    • bridget May 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

      Will bring you when you come to visit. It really is a great spot. xx

  2. WoodlandBard May 10, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    Been there three times. First time forgot my flashlight so went through the long souterrain with the light of my mobile phone … and battery ran out at the end. Its a long tunnel to creep back out of. Also from the main gate did you have wellies? I always get stuck in the mud there.

    Second visit, I fell down the well that is by there. Not marked or roped off and when overgrown with grass not easy to see.

    Very sad is nearby Attracta’s Well which was smashed up by a fallen Eircom pole about a year ago, and there has been no local effort to do anything about it. Surprised that the travellers have not done something. Maybe they do not use it for their water supply any more. I often used to meet some filling up, but not for the last 2 or 3 years.

    It is one of the most remarkable wells in Ireland for ancient features. Deserves care but that’s a Monasteraden issue not us incomers.

    • bridget May 11, 2014 at 9:02 am #

      We went to the well. Amazing that all the stones…serpent’s eggs…are still there. Pity that they are cemented in though. It is in a bit of a sad state all right. Amazing stone carving.

  3. Anne Wilson May 10, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    It looks very interesting, I think a trip out is called for this coming week, if it stops raining that is.

  4. puppiesinparadise May 11, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your trip. Nice photos! My husband and I are history buffs. I am impressed with their escape tunnel.
    Honey

    • bridget May 11, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

      Apparently one can still go a fair way into it. Amazing that it is 2,000 years old.

      • puppiesinparadise May 12, 2014 at 11:21 am #

        The engineering feet is mind boggeling. That it has lasted 2000 years. We enjoy traveling and exploring historical sites. I enjoying reading novels based on historic facts-

        We are huge fans of the history channel. We have been enjoying their series on the Vikings. The links between Skandinavian and Great Britain in history. We just found out that they are already planning the third season. I hope we someday in the future to travel to Norway and see the Viking ship museum.
        Honey

  5. Jane May 11, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Trying to imagine just how much hard labour went into the building of the fort and tunnels! It must have taken years.
    Jane x

  6. Rambling Woods May 11, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    I love visiting historical places…

  7. KerryCan May 12, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    This looks fascinating–it really is amazing how old it is! We’re going to western Ireland this autumn and I’ll need to put this on the list of places to visit!

    • bridget May 12, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

      Keep off the usual tourist trails if you can. More interesting things to see off the beaten track.

  8. wspines May 12, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    Thank you so much for taking us to such a wonderful place. I am putting it on my list for my next trip to Ireland.

  9. GFwinecountryliving May 12, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    Makes me long for another trip to Ireland!

  10. Donna@GardensEyeView May 15, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    What a great spot to visit…I love history and this is amazing.

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