Our friends at the Roaringwater Journal have just published two fascinating and inter-connected posts, one on Knockdrum Fort, which is very close to us, and another on Boyle Somerville, naval officer and archaeologist.
Brother of the well-known West Cork novelist Edith Somerville, Boyle was one of the first to suggest a link between the alignment of some ancient monuments and solar events at significant times of the year. This is now known as archaeoastronomy. Boyle and Edith explored Knockdrum together as children, and he later excavated and surveyed the site.
Boyle Somerville was murdered by the IRA in 1936.