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The Great Bailey


<b>The Great Bailey</b>Posted by ryanerImage © ryaner
Nearest Town:Mallahide (12km NW)
OS Ref (IE):   O295367 / Sheet: 50
Latitude:53° 21' 52.67" N
Longitude:   6° 3' 15.8" W

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A promontory fort as opposed to a hillfort, there's very little evidence of any remaining ramparts. The walls of the lighthouse grounds and its facilities seem to have been built in the most obvious position, across the narrowest part of the neck of the promontory. Great sea cliffs and their winged inhabitants make this interesting – otherwise you could take a pass and not really miss anything. ryaner Posted by ryaner
24th June 2013ce


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From the National monuments Database:

Named 'site of caher' on the 1837 OS 6-inch map, this site has been referred to as 'Dun Griffen' (Shearman 1893, 451). The cashel, which had been erected at the eastern end of the headland, was removed during construction of the Baily lighthouse. Large quantities of bones were revealed. In 1890 when the Board of Irish Lights erected some cottages on the 'Little Bailey' several weapons of uncertain date were discovered in the digging of foundations. Not visible at ground level.
Compiled by: Geraldine Stout
ryaner Posted by ryaner
28th October 2013ce