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There are panoramic views of the Golden Vale from the top of Knockfierna hill. In fact you will see most of County Limerick from the top.

Knockfierna comes from Cnoc Fírinne "the hill of Truth". It stands at a height of 948 feet above sea level. Donn Fírinne was the Fairy King that gave the place its name.

There is a large ring fort on the Strickeen called Lios na bhFiann. On the northern slopes of Knockfierna is a megalithic tomb or dolman, locally called "Giant Fawha's grave". Its capping stone is gone and its end and side stones are, for the most part, inclined or fallen. On the hill's summit are the remains of a cairn, a monument to some forgotten chief.

There is a Mass Rock there called Carraig an Airfrinn. It dates back to the early 1700's and the Penal Laws. There are new walkways constructed around it where Mass is celebrated on occasions.

Knockfierna was a commonage where people sought refuge during the famine when they were evicted from their homes. The foundations of 40 out of 200 primitive stone shacks have remained in place on Knockfierna since it was almost deserted in 1847. The hill was densely populated, with 130 occupied homes before the famine. The houses are being gradually restored.






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