Norman Castles & Mottes 1170 – 1320

The arrival of the Normans had an enormous impact on Irish society with new language, wool production, farming practices, architecture, warfare and a new legal system. Defensive sites began as motte & baileys however these developed into the great Anglo-Norman Castles of which many still remain.

Monuments from this period include Town Walls, Tower Houses, Cathedrals, Churches, Great Anglo-Norman Castles, Motte and bailey castles, Ringworks, Abbeys & Friaries.

Here are some examples of Norman Castles & Mottes 1170 – 1320

Castledermot. County Kildare 10th-18th centuries

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Site of the earliest known Irish Parliament & The oldest intact stone window in Western Europe This small town was originally called 'Diseart Diarmad'; meaning 'Dermot's Hermitage'. This was once a very important [...]

Castledermot. County Kildare 10th-18th centuries2019-06-25T19:34:31+00:00

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

One of the few moated castles in Ireland

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Drimnagh Castle in Drimnagh. co. Dublin was built in 1240. It is one of the few moated castles in Ireland. The original castle here was built around 1240 by a Norman Knight called Hugo de [...]

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One of Ireland’s finest keeps with a turbulent history

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Nenagh Castleis located in Nenagh in co.Tipperary. It was built c.1216 and was the main castle of the Butler family for 200 years before they moved to Gowran in co.Kilkenny. The family later splashed out [...]

One of Ireland’s finest keeps with a turbulent history2019-06-21T10:26:24+00:00

The oldest and most beautiful building in Limerick City

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St Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge Street, Limerick City St Mary's Cathedral dates back to 1168 making it the oldest building in Limerick City predating King John's Castle. This was previously the site of a Viking meeting [...]

The oldest and most beautiful building in Limerick City2019-06-21T10:26:25+00:00

Once one of Ireland’s most impressive Norman castles

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Northburg Castle, Greencastle, County Donegal Northburg Castle is locally known as 'Greencastle' and was one of the most impressive Norman castles built in Ireland. It was built by Richard de Burgh: The Red Earl of [...]

Once one of Ireland’s most impressive Norman castles2019-06-21T10:26:30+00:00

The longest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland by the same family – 800 years!

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This castle was built as a large fortress in 1185 by Sir Richard Talbot, a knight who accompanied King Henry II to Ireland. It was was occupied by the Talbot family between 1185 until 1973 making it the longest continuosly inhabited castle in Ireland by the same family. On the morning of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, 14 members of the family sat and had breakfast together for the last time as none of them returned. It was considerably enlarged during the reign of Edward IV around 1470 and the towers were added in 1765. Dublin County Council bought the property and the 265 acres in 1975 giving public access to one of the finest period interiors and beautiful botanical gardens.

The longest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland by the same family – 800 years!2019-06-21T10:26:42+00:00