Mooghaun Hill Fort
Mooghaun Hill Fort
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland10,876 contributions
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Feb 2022 • Solo
I saw an exhibit on Mooghaun Fort in the Clare Museum in Ennis and was so impressed I headed straight to it. Boy was I not disappointed! I found it utterly captivating and enchanting, one of the highlights of my trip to Clare.
It is one Irelands largest hillfort, the largest according to many sources, taking up over 27 acres and covering an entire hill.
It has 3 remarkably well preserved concentric defensive walls or Ramparts made of limestone. It dates from the late bronze age, about 950a.d.
There are ten strategically places information boards along the walkway which give great insights into what life was like there.
The hillfort is now wooded and that enhances the walk a lot though obviously it was not tree covered in bronze age times.
There are two cashels, stone encircled dwelling places for the richer citizens of the day, each in remarkable condition. There are also foundations of more modest houses which were probably for farmers and tradesmen.
It really is an incredible place, I can't believe it's not better known.
The OPW have done a lovely job with the car park, the paths and the trees. Such a pleasure to visit.
Written February 23, 2022
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Robert H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Lovely free attraction well worth your time. The guide at Craggaunowen suggested this ring hillfort and we stopped on our way back to Ennis.
Parking is easy. The paths can be confusing as to which way to go. At the first crossing, I recommend going straight through the second log barrier as the hiking sign is not really part of the fort (see photo below).
Written May 22, 2024
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Ferd
Limerick, Ireland8,857 contributions
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Mooghaun hillfort ( or Moghane, pronounced Moh hawn) is a trivallate (circular within circular) hillfort, located close to Shannon town/airport.

It is the largest hillfort in Ireland, which is effectively a prehistoric walled village.

It is over 3000 years old, and it adjoins the grounds of Dromoland castle.

There are panoramic views of the Shannon river and estuary, and to the east, over the countryside - right back to Shannon.

There is a a timber tower from which you can enjoy these views.

There is an interesting network of signage throughout the hill fort that give fascinating details.

There is fantastic countryside and a renovated tower keep, and wonderful walking routes. The forest area is stunning during the Autumn.

In more recent centuries the centre round fort was used as a picnic location for the occupants of Dromoland castle.

Back in 1854 the greatest European gold (all belonging to the latter period of the Bronze age) find was unearthed here during the building the railway line from Limerick to Ennis.

Immediately after the find, many of the objects were melted down and the gold was sold for it's material value. Casts were made of some of the treasure and these have been preserved in the Royal Irish Academy.

The lodges built in the area by the O'Briens are unusual in the setting, and the story goes that the architects who planned these houses mixed up the plans with another project that was set to be built in south Africa.

In the middle of the 20th century there was an active timber mill here, and there has always been a good supply of game.

The direct descendants still live in this area, but have a modest freehold.

In the immediate area is the historical Ardsolus (ardsollus.."Ath sollas" or "Ath Solas", the ford of light or the mound of light) area, named so as the monks/friars of Quin Abbey, who (in medieval times) each evening the walked to its river bank and lit a beacon for the guidance of travellers.

In the late 1700s festivals and law courts were held frequently.

The horse races of Ardsolus were run on a hill overlooking Quin village, where there is one of many ancient standing stones in the area. Ardsolus bridge was a toll bridge. Right beside the bridge is the malthouse with a large inscribed stone with the words "entertainment for man and horse".

There is another standing stone here.

Directions:
At Shannon Town roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the N19.

Follow the dual carrageway as far as the Dromoland Interchange.
Branch left, then at Dromoland West roundabout take the 3rd exit.

At Dromoland East roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the R458 following signs for Dromoland castle, pass gates of Dromoland and continue for approx one mile.

You will see a sign post to the left for Mooghaun hill fort.

Continue along this road until you come to the Mooghaun car park.
Written March 9, 2009
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mitziB
Ennis, Ireland198 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Enjoyed our visit to Mooghaun Hill Fort - took our grandchildren and they loved explrting the ring forts. Amazing to have this in our area. Would recommend a visit.
Written September 14, 2019
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Mona31
Ennis, Ireland66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
I used take the kids when they were small. Its reasonably near me, it's safe, it's free and it is soooooooooo beautiful. If like me, you love to be surrounded by nature, trees and the sound of birdsong-this is the place for you. I've recently rediscovered it and these days, i don't follow the paths but wander through the trees. I've seen parts i've never seen before. It is a magical place, fabulous all year around and a great place to get fresh air and exercise. Park your car in the nice little car park at the entrance and off you go. Enjoy
Written July 3, 2016
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Jenny T
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Difficult place to find on Google maps but lovely when you get there! Free entry and basically a forest park open all the time with signs of the old hill fort walls and information regarding this-an enjoyable hour spent walking and reading!
Written July 8, 2018
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Catherine L
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
Interesting educational site dating from Bronze Age. 950BC. Round stone Fort the evidence of our ancestors ability to build long lasting structurrs helps keep the connection to their era alive
Carpark adjacent to roadside
Great for solo walkers or family groups (children over 4 yearsof age due to narrow steep pathways)
Walkers have a treat in store with delightful wild flowers and the odd little Rabbit or Lizard appearing in in the surrounding of the pathways. The birdsong I'd enchanting and the smell of fresh grass and flora is
Written June 9, 2021
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MikeBirdman
Acton, MA980 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
No charge to walk in. Is set in beautiful woods.

A huge prehistoric hill for with very good signs explaining all the different areas. An intact lower area. The woods give the opportunity for long walks

Very informative placards that explain the structure and complex and how people lived.
Written October 6, 2018
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Paul R
Zurich, Switzerland7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
We found this place by accident on our way to our hotel in Shannon. It´s totally unknown but brimful of history going back thousands of years. The homes are signposted and details given. It´s the site of the greatest gold find in Europe and well worth a visit for those with a passing interest in history.
Written August 19, 2013
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Alaskacooldude
Anchorage, AK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011
Stayed in Shannon and came across this fort by chance. AMAZING. It is ancient and full of treks where the kids could get lost in time. It was free to enter and there were no other visitors the day we visited. Well worth the time if you like history.
Written August 21, 2011
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