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Leacanabuaile
Native name
Irish: Leaca na Buaile
Type stone ringfort
Location Kimego West, Caherciveen,
County Kerry, Ireland
Elevation 24 m (79 ft)
Built c. 9th century AD
Architectural style(s) Gaelic Ireland
Owner State
National Monument of Ireland
Official name: Leacanabuaile Cashel
Reference no. 414

Leacanabuaile is a stone ringfort (cashel) and National Monument in County Kerry, Ireland. Leacanabuaile is immediately northwest of Cahergal, 3 km (1.9 mi) northwest of Cahirciveen.

History

The cashel was built around the 9th century AD as a defended farmstead.

The Irish name means "hillside of the milking-place".

The site was excavated in 1939–40; objects found included iron knives and pins, bone combs, bronze, millstones, and lead, dating from the 9th or 10th century AD.

Description

Leacanabuaile is a circular stone ringfort (caiseal) of internal diameter 30 m (98 ft) with outer walls over 2 m (6 ft 7 in) high and 3.3 m (11 ft) thick. Protected on three sides by steep grassy slopes, the entrance is on the east side. It is built of drystone with gaps filled in with rubble.

Inside are three stone beehive houses and a souterrain.

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