Places in our parish (part 3)

Some more places of interest in Aghabullogue parish, with brief explanations.

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ÁTH RIDIRE BATTLE SITE 

4 Aug 1580: Muskerry MacCarthys defeat Sir James FitzGerald of Desmond 

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ORNAMENTAL TOWER, DRIPSEY CASTLE

Our parish has quite a few of these, also known as ‘belvederes’ or ‘follies’ 

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AGHABULLOGUE GRAVEYARD

Located within an early ecclesiastical site associated with St Olan (Eolang)

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RINGFORT, OLDCASTLE

Probably early medieval, like many other ringforts

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COACHFORD GROTTO

Grotto dates to 1955, following the Marian Year of 1954

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DRIPSEY AMBUSH MONUMENT

Obelisk commemorates an Irish War of Independence ambush (28 Jan 1921)

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RIVER LEE VIEWED FROM CARHUE, COACHFORD

Scenery changed since 1950s, with Lee Valley flooding, but still beautiful 

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ST OLAN’S STONE, AGHABULLOGUE

Said to bear St Olan’s (Eolang’s) foot marks, relocated from a nearby field

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FORMER PEDESTRIAN ENTRANCE, COACHFORD RAILWAY

Used by generations until Coachford Railway Station closed in 1934

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ROOVES BRIDGE, COACHFORD

Replaced old Rooves Bridge, now submerged beneath the waves