Castles & Tower Houses 1350 – 1850 a.d

Fortified tower houses are singled towered, fortified residences built by the ‘Old English’ and Gaelic Irish between about 1400 – 1600. Tower houses had specially protected doorways where an iron grill allowed the wooden door to be opened permitting negotiations with the enemy but preventing them gaining entry. Most are 3, 4 or 5 stories in height and have narrow windows and stepped battlements. After 1600 these became known as Fortified Houses and after 1800 the castles were usually mock-castles (basically big fancy pads that look tough!)

Roscrea Castle, Roscrea. County Tipperary 1281

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Attacked, burnt and destroyed with everyone killed (except one!) This National Monument is Roscrea Castle. This was originally the site of a motte and bailey fortification known as King John's Castle. It was [...]

Roscrea Castle, Roscrea. County Tipperary 12812019-06-25T19:57:25+00:00

Cahir Castle, Cahir. County Tipperary 1142

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One of Ireland's largest and most impressive castles, Excalibur & Cromwell Cahir Castle was originally a Gaelic stronghold that belonged to Conor O'Brien, Prince of Thomond who built a fortification here on an [...]

Cahir Castle, Cahir. County Tipperary 11422019-06-25T21:14:46+00:00

Ross Castle, Killarney. County Kerry c.1460

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Killarney's finest & most romantic castle Ross Castle was built sometime in the late 15th century by the O'Donoghue Ross chieftains and was surrounded by a fortified bawn, curtain walls and circular flanking [...]

Ross Castle, Killarney. County Kerry c.14602019-06-25T20:56:00+00:00

Delvin Castle, Delvin. County Westmeath 1310

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Loyal Kings men, The Nugents & An ancient trading route Delvin Castle is located right in the middle of Delvin village in County Westmeath. This was once a sturdy Norman castle with a [...]

Delvin Castle, Delvin. County Westmeath 13102019-06-26T05:05:06+00:00

Athcarne Castle, Balrath. County Meath 1590

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Battle of the Boyne, Spectres & Blood covered hands This foreboding looking building is Athcarne Castle located in Balrath co. Meath.  It was built for William Bathe in 1590. The Bathe family produced [...]

Athcarne Castle, Balrath. County Meath 15902019-06-26T05:18:41+00:00

Leixlip Castle, Leixlip. County Kildare 1172

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One of the earliest Norman castles and one of the most continuously occupied buildings in Ireland Leixlip Castle was built in 1172 by Adam de Hereford, a follower of Strongbow, one year after [...]

Leixlip Castle, Leixlip. County Kildare 11722019-06-26T05:39:16+00:00

Barberstown Castle, Straffan. County Kildare c.1500

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Only 37 owners so far (including Eric Clapton) Barberstown Castle is located in Straffan. co.Kildare. It was built around c.1500 on the grounds of an earlier Norman castle built by Nicholas Barby in [...]

Barberstown Castle, Straffan. County Kildare c.15002019-06-26T05:41:50+00:00

White’s Castle, Athy. County Kildare 1417

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An important strategic location for thousand of years White's Castle was built in 1417 by Sir John Talbot, Viceroy of Ireland, to protect the inhabitants of Athy from the 'wild Irish'. This location [...]

White’s Castle, Athy. County Kildare 14172019-06-26T06:46:09+00:00

Puck’s Castle, Shankill. County Dublin 1500

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The Pooka, A spooky disappearance & King James II These are the ruins of Puck's Castle, located in south county Dublin. Many of these structures were built around Dublin between 1400 and 1550 [...]

Puck’s Castle, Shankill. County Dublin 15002019-06-26T09:20:34+00:00

Drimnagh Castle, Drimnagh. County Dublin 1240.

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One of the few moated castles in Ireland The original castle in Drimnagh was built around 1240 by a Norman Knight called Hugo de Berneval whose family name was later anglicised to Barnewall. [...]

Drimnagh Castle, Drimnagh. County Dublin 1240.2019-06-26T09:50:38+00:00

Monea Castle, Monea, County Fermanagh 1618

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One of the best preserved Scottish styled plantation castles in Northern Ireland The Plantation of Ulster in the early 17th century was an attempt by the English monarchy to take control of the [...]

Monea Castle, Monea, County Fermanagh 16182019-06-26T11:56:22+00:00

Buncrana Castle, Buncrana, County Donegal 1718

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The earliest and most important of the 'Big Houses' of Inishowen During the 18th century large manor houses like this one were known as 'castles'. This house was built by Colonel George Vaughan [...]

Buncrana Castle, Buncrana, County Donegal 17182019-06-26T12:22:47+00:00

Clontarf Castle Gatehouse, Clontarf. Dublin City 1830

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900 years of history, Thin Lizzy & Dana This is the beautiful gatehouse for Clontarf Castle which along with the castle were totally remodeled in the 1830's. The original castle was built by [...]

Clontarf Castle Gatehouse, Clontarf. Dublin City 18302019-06-26T15:10:38+00:00

Swords Castle, Swords. County Dublin 1190

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An Arch-Bishop's private getaway, An orchard & The Tudors Swords Castle is located in the town of Swords in north county Dublin and dates from 1190 a.d. In 1181 John Comyn succeeded Laurence O'Toole [...]

Swords Castle, Swords. County Dublin 11902019-06-26T16:40:03+00:00

Portumna Castle, Portumna. County Galway 1618

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A castle in transition Portumna Castle was built in 1618 and is regarded as a interesting example of Irish architecture in the transition between the medieval fortified tower house and the classical large [...]

Portumna Castle, Portumna. County Galway 16182019-06-26T21:06:30+00:00

The Clonfinlough Stone, Clonfinlough. County Offaly c.1000BC-1400AD

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Strange stone carvings on an international pilgrimage route The Clonfinlough Stone is located near the village of Clonfinlough in co.Offaly. This national monument has mysterious carvings which may date from anytime between c.1000BC [...]

The Clonfinlough Stone, Clonfinlough. County Offaly c.1000BC-1400AD2019-06-27T06:41:59+00:00

Tintern Abbey, Hook Head. County Wexford 1200

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William Marshall, A great storm & One of the richest Cistercian Abbeys in Ireland Tintern Abbey, Saltmills, County Wexford The beautiful Tintern Abbey was founded in 1200 by William Marshall, the 1st Earl [...]

Tintern Abbey, Hook Head. County Wexford 12002019-06-27T10:35:41+00:00

Kilkea Castle, Castledermot. County Kildare 1426

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A claimant to the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland & The Wizard Earl Kilkea Castle was built in 1426 and is a claimant of the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland (as [...]

Kilkea Castle, Castledermot. County Kildare 14262019-06-27T11:00:31+00:00

Bunratty Castle, Bunratty. County Clare 1467

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The Vikings, The O'Briens, Dungeons & a No.1 tourist attraction Bunratty Castle is located in the village of Bunratty in County Clare. This is one of the most impressive castles and one of [...]

Bunratty Castle, Bunratty. County Clare 14672019-06-27T12:53:19+00:00

Rockfleet Castle, Newport. County Mayo c.1550

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A carefully chosen location for a Pirate Queen Rockfleet Castle is located near Newport in co.Mayo. It dates from the mid 1500's and was the main stronghold of Grace O’Malley (c.1530- c. 1603) [...]

Rockfleet Castle, Newport. County Mayo c.15502019-06-27T12:55:42+00:00

Doe Castle, Cresslough. County Donegal c.1500

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The Mac Sweeneys, The O'Dohertys & The O'Neills - and Oh Yes.. Brian McFadden from Westlife! Doe Castle was built by the MacSweeneys in the early 1500's and is similar in style to [...]

Doe Castle, Cresslough. County Donegal c.15002019-06-27T13:18:24+00:00

Ardee Castle, Ardee. County Louth 15th century

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The largest fortified medieval tower house in Ireland  Ardee Castle is located right on the main street of Ardee village in County Louth. It is the largest fortified medieval tower house in Ireland. [...]

Ardee Castle, Ardee. County Louth 15th century2019-06-27T13:26:24+00:00

Killeen Castle, Dunsany. County Meath 1820

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The Plunkett's, Hugh de Lacy & A stunning new golf course Killeen Castle is located in Dunsany in county Meath. The present structure was built in 1820 however there has been a castle [...]

Killeen Castle, Dunsany. County Meath 18202019-06-27T14:04:34+00:00

Ardgillan Castle, Skerries. County Dublin 1738

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Famous diaries, Original interiors & Spectacular sea views Ardgillan Castle is located in a beautiful setting overlooking the town of Skerries in north county Dublin. It has spectacular views out to the Irish [...]

Ardgillan Castle, Skerries. County Dublin 17382019-06-27T16:13:23+00:00

Taaffe’s Castle, Carlingford. County Louth 1520

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Once a prosperous trading port with 5 Royal charters & The Earls of Carlingford Taaffe's Castle is situated in the beautiful medieval town of Carlingford. It was built around 1520 as a fortified [...]

Taaffe’s Castle, Carlingford. County Louth 15202019-06-27T16:30:48+00:00
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