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Dún Aengus is the most famous of several prehistoric forts on the Aran Islands, of Co. Galway. Ireland. It is located on Inishmore at the edge of a 100-metre high cliff. Dún Aengus is an important archaeological site that also offers a spectacular view. It was built during the Bronze Age and dates from 1,000 B.C. or before. It has been called "the most magnificent barbaric monument in Europe." The name "Dún Aengus" meaning "Fort of Aengus" refers to the pre-Christian god of the same name described in Irish mythology.
The fort consists of a series of four concentric walls of dry stone construction. Surviving stonework is four metres wide at some points. The original shape was presumably oval or D-shaped but part of the cliff and fort have since collapsed into the sea. Outside the third ring of walls lies a defensive system of stone slabs, planted into the ground that is still largely well-preserved. These ruins also feature a huge rectangular stone slab, the function of which is unknown. Impressively large among prehistoric ruins, the outermost wall of Dún Aengus encloses an area of about 14 acres. Although clearly defensible, the particular location of Dún Aengus suggests that its primary purpose was religious and ceremonial rather than military. It may have been used for seasonal rites by the druids, perhaps involving the bonfires that could be seen from the mainland of Ireland. The location also provides a view of as much as 120 km of coastline, which may have allowed for control over a coastal trading highway.
Sorry it's taken me so long to get back with you. My sister and I had a fantastic time on our trip. The weather (with the exception of the morning heading to see Clonmacnoise and then heading to Dublin) was absolutely great. We were able to see the Cliffs of Moher within an hour or so of arriving in country. We did run into a spot of trouble leaving Doolin when I got the car stuck while trying to allow vehicles coming in the opposite direction more room, but fortunately, someone was kind enough to stop and help get us out. We also ran into a small traffic jam on our way to Galway on one of the smaller county roads when a flock of sheep escaped from the field, but we thought it was great. Other than that, there were no problems driving around. We managed to see the Burren, the Aran Islands, Connemara, Galway, and Bunratty Castle (the medieval banquet was great, highly recommend the experience) while out on the west coast. It was cold and rainy when we were at Clonmacnoise, but it was worth freezing to check out the ruins. We both had a blast in Dublin, and were able to see everything we wanted by using the Dublin Tour's Hop-on Hop-Off bus tour. Being able to walk five minutes down the street from the hotel to Trinity College (where we checked out the Book of Kells and the archives), pick up the bus and paying for the ticket once on board made traveling around the city very convenient (and the bus driver/tour guides were a riot). In a single day, we managed to tour Trinity College, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Guinness Warehouse, Kilmainham Gaol and cruise Temple Bar (hit up the Hard Rock Café too). As for our accommodations, you did a great job with the selections! Our time spent at the Connemara Hotel was awesome- everything from the facilities to the dining was fabulous and Henry and Elaine were gracious hosts (so sweet and accommodating). Our Dublin Hotel was just as fantastic, and we loved its proximity to Trinity College and Temple Bar! The only negative I could think of is that there were places on our "to see" list that we didn't get to, and am already looking forward to the opportunity to return to Ireland in the future. We have told our friends and family about your wonderful service.
I took several hundred (no exaggeration) pictures and at least an hour of video footage during our trip, and would be more than happy to send a few of them for the website.
Thank you for all the help in planning the visit.
Kristen Cangelosi, United Arab Emirates