Main Street Castlemartyr (2009)
|Alternative name (s):||Baiel na Martra, Ballymarter, Ballymartyr|
|Castle type :||Rath|
|Standing position :||celtic tribes|
Castlemartyr ( Irish : Baile na Martra ; Anglicized : Bally torture or Ballymartyr ) is a country town in the east of Ireland's County Cork , east of the city of Cork . The population of Castlemartyr was determined in 2016 with 1600 people.
Remnants of the attempts by local tribes to defend themselves and their cattle against looters and the very real threat posed by wild animals can still be found there. These defensive structures were in the form of ring forts or ráths , circular earthworks that served as living quarters and pens for the animals. They were elevated to improve their defensive capabilities. Perhaps the best examples of such early forts and dwellings can be found near the village, in the hamlets of Mogeely, Kilrush, Couragh, Ballygibbon, Parknahyla, Rathaha, Kilbree, Ballybutler and Dromada More .