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This cairn is on top of a prominent hill just outside the town of fermoy in Co. Cork. Anyone taking the M8 from Dublin to Cork will probably have noticed its prominent cross while passing.

This seems to be another Christainised hill in Ireland. The hill is home to this huge cross on top and a "stations of the cross" walk. A sign-post on the way up to the hill reads that "stations" take place every friday morning on the hill still.

Along with the stations this hill has some great walks and now seems to be widely utilised by walkers, dog-walkers and there were some guys getting ready to go moutain biking as I was leaving.

I had an older version of the OS map without the M8 on it and so finding the correct route up was a little trickier. Basically the road to the main car-park is south of the two roundabouts up onto the M8 using an overpass of the M8 (If that makes any sense)

The walk from the car-park to the cairn on top is about 20 mins. I went left up the hill (which is shorter and I think follows the "station" route) rather than right which takes you on a longer walk to the top.

The cairn on top is very impressive, I from The Ballyhoura Hills Project it measures 40m (east-west) by 26m (north-south) and height 4m. Seemingly it is much robbed with its stones being used for a boundary around the hill and the cross itself which was built to commemorate the 19th century of JC's death.

It was also excavated in the 1830s when they found a cist within. It was a double-compartmented cist which contained pottery vessels. The cist was found after moving hundreds of tons of stone. One chamber contained fragments of a vessel for food and the other ashes. There current location is unknown.

A WWII lookout post or bunker was also built into it.
bawn79 Posted by bawn79
14th March 2011ce
Edited 14th March 2011ce

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