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Glen O Downs Heritage

Ancient Kingdom of the Cualann

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The incredible 3000 year old Hillforts of Downshill and Coolagad, the two brows of the Irish name for Glen of the Downs - Ghleann Dá Ghrua - sadly mentioned in the literature for the damage done to them by 'State-subsidised forestry' - site of incredible ancient stonework and breath-taking views of the landscape and the sea stretching as far as Northern Ireland  ...

On the East side of the Glen of the Downs equi-distant between the 2 Bronze-Age Hillforts is the 18th Century LaTouche estate of Bellevue Demesne, the gardens of which were famous in their time ....

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In 1022 King of Dublin Sitric Silkenbeard rode down from his vantage point on Coolagad Hillfort, to fight Uagaire King of Leinster, stationed on Downshill Hillfort, in the Battle of Delgany....

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The Glen of the Downs is the site of a 12000 year old Glacial Valley. both sides of its steep banks are covered in beautiful ancient sesille oak. The ancient Three Trouts Stream, its name harkening back to a time when trout were connected with the supernatural and thought to have mystical healing powers, runs through the Glen of the Downs and on through Delgany ...

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