Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kerry. Ring of Kerry. Staigue Fort, Caherdaniel. Stone Fort

.
RING OF KERRY, STONE FORT
.
Staigue Fort
.
CAHERDANIEL
.
Caher - round stone fort. Near Caherdaniel: Gaelic Cathair Donall -- Daniel - from the name Donall or Domnhall -- Donall's Stone Fort? Naming sites vary. There is a second stone fort there. See http://www.theringofkerry.com/index.php?Itemid=22
.

This ring fort is near Castlecove and the town of Caherdaniel, see http://www.sneem.net/staiguefort/  No mortar was used for this large undertaking, still standing. Dating perhaps from the first through the sixth century BC, Celtic period,  it was a defense site, an observation post, and perhaps other uses -- copper is in the area. See http://irishantiquities.bravehost.com/kerry/caherdaniel/caherdaniel.html.
.

.
The history of Irish peoples, those arriving by migration, invasion or happenstance, or already here, is a complex one:  dark complexions are not unusual and have a variety of explanations, see the Black Irish at http://www.ireland-information.com/articles/blackirish.htm. 
Black Irish may have been merely a differentiation from indigenous of "Gaelic" Irish.  Or:
  • coloring of European mainland Celts
  • Vikings, where the word for "dark" (dubh) was often used in conjunction with "gall" or foreign, see site discussion of dark also used as to intentions (thus blond Norse as dark)?
  • Descendants of Spanish traders, populations passing through Spain, such as ancient Milesians, even with origins in Middle East.  Legends blend.
  • More.  See site.



No comments: