Drumena

Stone Fort

This Cashel is located about two kilometres South west of Castlewellan, overlooking Lough Reavy. The walls of the Cashel were partially rebuilt during the nineteen twenties and have the foundations of a house in the interior. Defensively the fort is not in a good location as it is over looked from the hill where I took the image on the left.

Measuring about 40 metres by 32 metres the cashel has walls that are over 3 metres thick, as can be seen in the image shown right, and stand at a height of around 2.75 metres. There is a small entrance to the cashel from the main road, which was probably not the original but may have been added later, another entrance at the Eastern side which has a farm gate may have been the original.

Souterrain

One of the main features of this site is a T-shaped souterrain lying inside the fort. The souterrain also has two entrances, the original, pictured below leads to a rectangular chamber with an air hole at the back. At right angles to this chamber is a passage about fifteen metres long with another entrance at the end, which may have been added later. the drystone walling of the souterrain are about 2 metres high. The picture left was taken from the chamber looking out the original entrance.

Situated: From Newry take the B8 west for Hilltown, drive straight through Hilltown staying on the B8 heading for Castlewellan, about 2 kilometres before Castlewellan you will come to a lough on your left hand side, take a right turn at a crossroads sign-posted Drumena Cashel, the site is a about 250 metres down this road on your right hand side.

Discovery Map 29: J 3104 3404. Last visit Mar 2005.

Longitude: 5° 59' 23" W

Latitude: 54° 14' 18" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey

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