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unkybuck wrote a review Mar 2019
Tralee, Ireland723 contributions81 helpful votes
Right on the edge of the west with stunning views of smerwick harbour. The ruins of the fort have an eerie feeling and it's hard to visualise such bloodshed in such natural beauty.
Date of experience: March 2019
Mimidarling wrote a review Sep 2018
Virginia Beach, Virginia357 contributions66 helpful votes
We found Dun An Oir just the other day. It is easy to find as it is marked with signs. The history of the place is quite interesting. Not much is left of the fort as it has fallen into the ocean, but standing there one can use their imagination to think about what it must have been like.…
Date of experience: September 2018
mickaleen wrote a review Aug 2018
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom4 contributions
I love this place, it is so peaceful yet has an eerie feel to it. The story is a tragic piece of Kerry history. There is not much here and I feel more could be g done with the place. The views are very photogenic.
Date of experience: August 2018
Nicole B wrote a review Aug 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates880 contributions225 helpful votes
This was the scene of a massacre of Spanish soldiers and Irish rebels. Today, there is not much there but the remains of the fort and some nice views. The road down there is very narrow.
Date of experience: July 2018
Chuck Treser wrote a review Sep 2017
Seattle, Washington13 contributions9 helpful votes
This "Fort of Gold" gets its name from a ship filled with iron pyrite (Fool's Gold) that sank off the coast; but is remembered for the slaughter of about 600 men and women (some pregnant) during Second Desmond Rebellion in Ireland. A force of Papal soldiers (Spanish and Italian troops) captured the village of Smerwick but were forced to retreat to nearby Dún an Óir ('the Fort of Gold'), where they were beheaded one after another over several days on the orders of the English commander, The 14th Baron Grey. Almost nothing remains of the fort, but a couple of embankments, but promontory on which the fort was built provides a spectacular view of the harbor and it is easy to visualize the the siege and battle. The road up to the fort is primitive and there is only a few places to park. However, if you are a history buff and have an hour to spare it is worth the effort.…
Date of experience: September 2017
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