Dún An Óir (Fort Del Oro) | Ballyferriter, Co Kerry

Smerwick sowed with the mouthing corpses Of six hundred papists, ‘as gallant and good Personages as ever were beheld.’ –Seamus Heaney, from “Ocean’s Love to Ireland,” 1974 Dún An Óir witnessed a horrific massacre of Italian and Spanish troops and Irish men and women at the hands of the English. On the 10th of September […]

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Dún An Óir (Fort Del Oro) – Ballyferriter, Co Kerry

Smerwick sowed with the mouthing corpses Of six hundred papists, ‘as gallant and good Personages as ever were beheld.’ –Seamus Heaney, from “Ocean’s Love to Ireland,” 1974 Dún An Óir witnessed a horrific massacre of Italian and Spanish troops and Irish men and women at the hands of the English. On the 10th of September […]

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Dún An Óir (Fort del Oro), Ballyferitter, Co Kerry

Smerwick sowed with the mouthing corpses Of six hundred papists, ‘as gallant and good Personages as ever were beheld.’ –Seamus Heaney, from “Ocean’s Love to Ireland,” 1974 Dún An Óir witnessed a horrific massacre of Italian and Spanish troops and Irish men and women at the hands of the English. On the 10th of September […]

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Dún An Óir (Fort del Oro), Ballyferriter, Co Kerry

Smerwick sowed with the mouthing corpses Of six hundred papists, ‘as gallant and good Personages as ever were beheld.’ –Seamus Heaney, from “Ocean’s Love to Ireland,” 1974 There is today little left to see at the Ard na Caithne (Smerwick) headland known as Dún An Óir. Scant evidence remains of the original Iron Age fort […]

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Dún An Óir (Fort del Oro), Ballyferriter, Co Kerry

There is today little left to see at the Ard na Caithne (Smerwick) headland known as Dún An Óir. Scant evidence remains of the original Iron Age fort occupying this spot. The earthworks—remnants of the hastily constructed 1580 fortification—have become eroded by weather and the waves until only a barely-recognisable outer bank and two bastions […]

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Dún An Óir (Fort del Oro), Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry

He further tooke this order infringeble, that whensoeuer he made any…inrode, into the enemies Countrey, he killed manne, woman, and child, and spoiled, wasted, and burned, by the grounde all that he might: leauyng nothyng of the enemies in saffetie, whiche he could possiblie waste, or consume. –Thomas Churchyard, A General Rehearsall of Warres, 1579 […]

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