Staigue Fort is thought to have been built during the late Iron Age, probably somewhere between 300 and 400 AD, as a defensive stronghold for a local lord, or king.
This stone fort/caher is surrounded by the remains of a fosse and an external bank. The structure fell into some disrepair during its period of use as a cattle pound in the late eighteenth century and repairs were carried out on it by the State during the nineteenth century.
Two leveled hut sites and traces of a small square enclosure are located close to Staigue Fort as well as a primitive copper mine.
A number of artifacts are on recorded from the area i.e. a gold dress-fastener of Bronze Age type was found between 1840 and 1860 in the outer wall of Staigue Fort. A plaster-cast copy of this is now in Kerry county Museum. A perforated whetstone was found near the site in 1931 and is also now in Kerry County Museum. A horn spoon was found in one of the mural chambers of the fort.