Thursday, 17 January 2019

A Magical Ring Fort And A Gold Bracelet.

Here are a few photographs from the walk I mentioned in my last post.

Below is a Sheeps Head Way marker post leading to Brahalish Fort.  The yellow painted oak posts are scattered  all over the walk to show walkers where to go. 




The magical hillfort I spotted when I walked down the road and turned a corner and there before me was Brahalish ring fort.  There are said to be over 10000 ringforts, stone circles, standing stones and wedge tombs in Ireland.  Some historians say they were built to house farmers and protect against invaders and wolves.  Some say the'little people' and leprechauns live in them.  They are also said to be homes for local dignitaries, clan leaders or even royalty!

Near this ringfort.  Workers digging the road from Durrus to Kilcrohane in 1843.  A workman found a ancient gold bracelet.  Probably Bronze age gold found in a stream and smelted and fashioned before Jesus was born or the pyramids in Egypt were constructed.  The Brahalish bracelet is in the British Museum.

The craftmanship is incredible and some very'special' people must have lived there.

11 comments:

  1. If you type: Brahalish ring-fort into You Tube. There is a great video of the place. My wife noticed that the ring-fort and bracelet are the same shape from above!

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  2. I liked this post a lot, Dave. I remember walking along the Irish lanes and wondering if I would see the little people. It took a while for me to cotton on that they were not kids out of school. Go on, laugh!

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  3. Thats brilliant Valerie. Have you read Mccarthys bar? Its a really funny book set in West Cork. Pete Mccarthy had grandparents in Drimoleague and he use to go round their gardens and fields with a fishing net on the end of a stick, looking for Leprechauns. Its a wonderfully funny book. Thanks!

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    1. Not heard of that book, Dave. I could do with a good laugh - I must check if it's still available.

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  4. Interesting post Dave about the Brahalish ring fort. I will look up some more about it and . You get to see some very different things on your walks. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Thanks Rachel. There is so much ancient history to be seen in rural Ireland. The people who made the gold bracelet must have been incredibly intelligent and gifted. Thanks!

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  6. The correct name for that which you call a bracelet is a Torc !

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