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The Burren: Forts of the Burren



There must have been a great concentration of habitation in the Burren as the 1500 or so stone forts (cahers and cashels) and a couple of earthen raths scattered throughout the area can testify. Most of these are obviously of a domestic nature but some such as Ballykinvarga with its defensive surrounding 'chevaux de frise' must have been extremely important as was Cahercommane, a triple-ramparted fort sited on the edge of a vertical cliff. The fort at Cahermacnaghten has a diameter of 100 ft and was one of Ireland's most famous law schools, run by the O'Davoren family where the old Irish Brehon Laws were taught.


An Rath, Ballyallaban
An Rath, Ballyallaban

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