Moneygashel Cashel

Moneygashel Cashel includes the remains of three stone Cashels, one of which has been described as ‘the finest of its kind in southern Ulster’. A wonderful place to embrace an archaeological treasure, Moneygashel Cashel is well worth the visit. This site is not only a perfect memory of a time gone by, but also boasts a breathtaking view and surrounding landscape.

Facilities: car parking, interpretation and Moneygashel Loop Trail.

Getting Here

Moneygashel Cashel

  • Main Car Park
  • Cornagee Road
  • Moneygashel
  • Cavan
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Main Car Park
  • Cornagee Road
  • Moneygashel
  • Cavan
  • Republic of Ireland
  • 54.2695755, -7.9131369

Moneygashel Loop Trail

  • Distance: 2.3km
  • Time: 1hour 20 mins
  • Grade: Easy
  • Terrain: Minor road, farm track, open countryside
  • Route: Circular
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Dogs: Dogs are not permitted

This short, looped walk takes you through the adjacent townland of Moneygashel, which translated from Irish, means ‘scrubland of the cashel’. The highlight of the walk is the wonderfully preserved cashel itself, but there are numerous other sites to see along the way including evidence of the last Ice Age, abandoned farmsteads, megalithic tombs, and a sweathouse.

Downloadable Map

Moneygashel Cashel Map

Moneygashel Cashel Map

Heritage

The Cashel dates from the early Christian period. It’s difficult to give the site an exact date, but our guesses are between 500 and 1,000 AD.  A Cashel is a secure circular enclosure which accommodated houses and animal shelters. This area also boasts evidence of much earlier settlement and ritual with the nearby court tomb and standing stones. In this area, cashels are abundant due to a large amount of deposited glacial stone.

Really and truly, the sites are not only remnants of the Christian period, but a relic from the Ice Age. There are two internal stairways, as well as an external stairway which is a rather unusual feature.

The site is a great spot for sightseers, bird watchers and any avid explorers of history.

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