Cahergal Stone Fort, Kerry, Ireland

Visions Of The Past

Cahergal Stone Fort is a 7th century cashel which stands close to a similar fort named Leacanabuaile near Cahersiveen in Co. Kerry. The named Cahergal is derived from ‘an Chathair Gheal’ (the Bright Stone Fort). Its an impressive dry-walled stone structure with seven staircases ascending its inner walls, similiar to the ones at Staigue Fort and Grianan na Aileach. The intereior of the fort is 27 metres in diameter with walls reaching 4 metres in height and 5 metres in thickness. Within the interior of the fort is the base of a circular beehive-hut type structure about 7 metres in diameter.

Cahergal features in a traditional tale recounted by Sigerson Clifford in 1972 titled ‘The Fairy Footballers of Cahergal’, in this story it tells of how the fairy football team from Cahergal lost a player and recruit a mortal named Coneen Dannihy to play for their side in a game…

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