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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