1Croker, Thomas Crofton. Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland. Part II. London: John Murray, 1828. 275-79.

2FitzPatrick, Elizabeth. Royal Inauguration in Gaelic Ireland C. 1100-1600: A Cultural Landscape Study. Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: Boydell, 2004. 88.
Directions to hike the trail up to Cairn Thierna may be found here.

3Borlase, William Copeland. The Dolmens of Ireland Their Distribution, Structural Characteristics, (...). Vol. 1. London: Chapman & Hall, 1897. 1-13.
The author writes, "The cist found in Carn Thierna seems to have been of such dimensions as to justify its classification as a dolmen in a cairn." Borlase quotes Windele's manuscript in which he describes the intact urn found at Cairn Thierna: "The following was the measurement:- Height 5.4 inches; diameter at top 5.75 inches; breadth at base 3 inches;.thickness 3/16th of an inch. It was of a pale reddish colour, of unbaked [?] clay, and rudely carved with lozenges, &c. It had a conical sort of cap." Windele's engraving of the urn was found in Jewitt, Llewellynn. "Ancient Irish Art. The Fictilia of the Cairns and Crannogs." The Art Journal ns 3 (1877): 327. The engraving is captioned: "A most remarkable urn found at Cairn Thierna, county Cork (engraved in the Archaeological Journal), has its outline totally different from others and is elaborately and delicately ornamented, over almost its entire surface."

4Smith, Charles. The Antient and Present State of the County and City of Cork: In Four Books ... Vol. 1. Dublin: Printed by A. Reilly for the Author, and Sold by J. Exshaw, 1750. 166-67. This selection may be read here.
A topographical dictionary in 1837 described Cairn Thierna: "The Lords cairn or pile, so named, according to some, from having been the place where the Tierna or chieftain assembled his followers and chose their leaders; or, according to others, from having been a place of pagan worship to the sun." (Lewis, Samuel. "Rathcormac Civil Parish." A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland: Comprising the Several Counties, Cities, Boroughs, Corporate, Market, and Post Towns, Parishes, and Villages, with Historical and Statistical Descriptions. London: Lewis, 1837.)

5Doherty, Tony. "Loopy about Fermoy's Loops." The Irish Times. N.p., 3 Dec. 2011. Web. 06 Aug. 2012. <http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/travel/2011/1203/1224308504733.html>.

6Croker. An 1848 treatment of this story, in verse, may be read here.

7Croker 302-14.