Exploring Waterford's Ancient Monuments

Coumaraglinmountain - Enclosure 2

Coumaraglinmountain - Enclosure 2

This is another of the stonewalled enclosures found in the Araglin Valley. Rectangular in shape,the walls of this construction are 1.5 metres high with the interior area measuring 4.5 X 2.7 meters.

These enclosures, which are numerous in this area, were possibly used for Booleying which was the movement of livestock, usually cattle, from a permanent lowland village to higher summer pastures in the mountains. Here, people would live with their animals in these remote uplands during the summer months. This ancient practice, which  would have dated back to the  Early Medieval Period or even older, was still in use in the west of Ireland in the beginning of the 20th Century.

 

Directions: See Treenearla Commons.

From here, at the top of the Mauma Pass continue on the descent towards Kilbrien. Take the first turn right which after about 3.5 km. Follow this track into the valley a short distance till you come to a bridge over a stream.

From here the enclosure is out to the right about 500 meteres on the mountain slope facing north.

 

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