Ringforts

Ringforts (HM2MS5)

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N 51° 57.038', W 10° 13.289'

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Cahersiveen
Cathair saidhbhin
'The fort of Saidhbin (Little Sarah)
Saidhbin was said to be the daughter of McCarthy Mor who held the lands of Iveragh. She was given the fort and the surrounding area, on the banks of the Fertha river.
This site is what remains of the caher (ringfort) from which the town of Cahersiveen gets its name.
Local tradition holds that the stone from its ramparts was used in the construction of the nearby RIC Barracks and railway bridge.
Though this site is only just discernable there aree two very good examples of ringtforts [sic] at Cahergal and Leacanabuaile about 3km over the river. (Well worth a visit).
The term ringfort is something of a misnomer, implying that the structure had a strategic or military purpose. Archeological excavations indicate that they date from the Early Medieval period and functioned as enclosed farmsteads. The size of ringforts suggests that they were occupied by extended families. They were largely self-sufficient and practised a mixed economy based on animal husbandry, especially dairy farming.
Within the enclosed interiors of ringforts stood domestic and farm buildings, the foundations of which are still visible. Archeological evidence shows that the construction of so many ringforts at this period coincides with a rapid expansion



in agriculture.
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HM NumberHM2MS5
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Placed ByNeighbourwood Scheme, Forest Service, Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Kerry County Council, and Others
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Date Added Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at 7:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)29F E 416053 N 4243747
Decimal Degrees-51.95063333, -10.22148333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 51° 57.038', W 10° 13.289'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds51° 57' 2.2799999999998" N, 10° 13' 17.34" W
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