Cashel Murphy, Kerry, Ireland

Cashel Murphy is a fantastic collection of stone huts/clocháns occupied from the early medieval period and situated on the slopes of Mount Eagle, overlooking Dingle Bay. The five roughly circular conjoined clocháns sit within the cashel walls, alongside a sixth irregularly-shaped structure. A souterrain passage runs from one of the huts into a chamber beneath the cashel wall. There is also a very attractive lintelled recess in one of the clocháns. The Cashel was occupied until the 13th century AD, and would have housed five extended families. During restoration work carried out in the 19th century by the OPW an elaborate cross slap was discovered in the roof of the chamber beneath the cashel wall. The cross slab is 1.4 metres in height, it bears sunken panels with carvings and also an illegible inscription in Ogham, this stone is now part of the collection held by the National Museum of Ireland.

Cashel Murphy is situated along the Slea head drive and is certainly worth a visit as it is directly across the road from a parking/viewing point looking out towards the Blasket Islands.

GPS: 52.10071, -10.43425

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