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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.
Please excuse my delay in getting back to you regarding our Ireland trip this
It was amazing; the weather was great, the driving went without a hitch and the
Guinness was ice cold. What more can one ask for?
Judy mentioned that there was a slight disappointment in the initial room they
gave us at the House in Killarney (sort of cramped and drab in
appearance) but once we mentioned it to them they moved us to another room
which was great.
The Ballinalacken Castle Hotel was certainly an excellent replacement for the
Doolin Hotel. The hosts could not have been any more obliging; even down to
tour of the castle in the morning. The food there was awesome as well!
As an added note on the food, (which was great everywhere) we had our best meal
in the dining room at the Hotel in Wicklow. We had eaten from the pub menu
there before, but never the dining room. Was certainly worth the slight extra
Your assistance in planning this trip for us has been excellent as always.(this
is the fourth trip that you personally have assisted us with!) I would
certainly recommend Irish Tourism to anyone; and especially Tina O'Connor as an
You mentioned that you would like either pictures or videos of our trip. We did
not do videos but have lots of pictures. (600 - 700 now that he digital age is
here!!) How many would you like, (I'm not trying to send you all 600?) Is there
a special format that you would like them in?
Thanks again Tina,