Ten miles west of Cork city lies the country's oldest hill fort and possibly the original capital of the region.

Archaeologists from University College Cork (UCC) carried out a three-year survey on the site, led by Professor William O'Brien, and have revealed that the twenty-acre hill fort at the townland of Clashanimud was built 3,200 years ago by a powerful local war lord in a bid to fortify himself against attack. 

Professor O'Brien describes the scale of the site and how the fort was built on the back of the labour of possibly hundreds of workers who quarried out the ditches and built the banks. However, its life as the capital of Cork was short lived. According to Professor O'Brien, the palisade fence had been deliberately burnt to the ground soon after it was constructed. 

It was clearly an act of bronze age warfare.

Archaeologists are now campaigning to make the site a national monument. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 August 2007. The reporter is Jennie O'Sullivan.