Cahermore is a fine circular stone fort situated in Ballyallaban overlooking the Ballyvaughan valley. The interior of the fort measures around fifty two metres across and the walls are 2.4 to 2.8 metres thick in places. The fort was built during the medieval period between 500 CE to 1100 CE as a defended farmstead. The gateway which is a mortar-built turret has a large lintel almost two metres long and 1.5 metres wide is not original, and may have been built during the 15th century. There are rooms built into the walls on both sides of the gateway. Several rectangular structures are built against the interior walls of the fort.

There is also later built outer wall circling the inner fort measuring about 120 metres across. The outer and inner walls were subdivided by smaller walls radiating outwards from the inner wall, see information board below. These areas were most likely used as animal stockades.

The image above was taken from the top of the inner wall looking west towards the outer wall. There was a steep drop on the outside of the wall. On my last visit the site was closed to the public.

Situated: In Ballyallaban on the west side of the R480 approximately 4 kilometres south of Ballyvaughan.

Discovery Map 51: 2200 0450. Last visit Aug 2002.

Longitude: 9° 9' 51" W

Latitude: 53° 5' 8" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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