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Cahervagliar is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Alternative name Cahirvagliair
Location Cappeen West, Kilmichael,
County Cork, Ireland
Coordinates 51°47′35″N 8°59′49″W / 51.793056°N 8.996944°W / 51.793056; -8.996944
Type ringfort and souterrain
Area 4,200 m2 (1 acre)
Diameter 73 m (240 ft)
Material earth
Founded c. AD 550–900
Cultures Gaelic Ireland
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National Monument of Ireland

Cahervagliar is a ringfort (rath) and National Monument (#233) located in County Cork, Ireland.


Cahervagliar is located 5.3 km km (3.3 mi) south-southeast of Kilmichael.

History and description

Cahervagliar is a bivallate ringfort, 73 m (240 ft) in diameter with a lintelled stone entrance to the east. The name means "stone ringfort of sons of Lóegaire"; it was the fortress of the Cenél Lóegairi, kings in central Ireland. However, they did not build the fort, as they did not arrive until after 1172.

Ringforts of this type were mostly built c. AD 550–900. Internally people were housed in wooden huts. Local lore claims that Brian Boru was once held hostage here.

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