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“Part of Irish history”
Review of Dun An Oir

Dun An Oir
Ranked #53 of 76 things to do in Dingle
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

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.

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Reviewed 17 July 2017

some people have said in the reviews that its not worth it, it is of the beaten track, there really is not much there but on a good day its worth a stop off the views are great and the place is silent and a good rest stop for walkers and cars alike

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Reviewed 27 June 2017

We drove around for awhile to find this location. The history is interesting and a kind of morbid, but my husband HAD to find it. Watch out for cow walking home for the night.

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Reviewed 8 May 2017

This is near a golf course in Ballyferriter. Before Ballyferriter follow the signs for the golf course and you will see the fort on a promontory. It is also the location of a set for the upcoming Star Wars film (sequel to Force Awakens and presumably Luke Skywalker's home after the film was kicked off Skellig Michael).

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Reviewed 19 August 2016

We visited Dun An Oir on a very windy day. It is a very interesting old church. The sun dial and cemetery are especially interesting. There is not a great deal left to the building, but what is there is very interesting. The views n the way there are wonderful of the coastline.

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