Norman Castles & Mottes 1170 – 1320

Norman Castles & Mottes 1170 – 1320

Site of the earliest known Irish Parliament & The oldest intact stone window in Western Europe

Castledermot, co.Kildare packs a punch for historical buildings. This small town takes it's name from 'Diseart Diarmad' meaning 'Dermot's Hermitage'. It must have been a very important ecclesiastical centre as there are many fine ruins [...]

Ireland’s best preserved medieval banqueting hall – party time!

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Desmond Hall located in Newcastle West. co.Limerick. It was built between the 13th & 15th centuries. This area preserves many of Ireland's surviving medieval halls which were used by the Earls [...]

Clonmines Medieval Borough, Wellington Bridge. co.Wexford c.13th-16th centuries

This interesting site is one of the best preserved and much over-looked medieval towns in Ireland. Clonmines probably began it's life as a Norman settlement established by William Marshall in the 13th century as an [...]

Attacked, Burnt and Destroyed – Everyone killed except one!

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Roscrea Castle built in 1281 & within the ground is Damer House built in 1730. The original motte and bailey fortification on this site was built in 1213 and was known [...]

One of Ireland’s largest and most impressive castles, Excalibur & Cromwell

Cahir Castle located in the town of Cahir. co.Tipperary was built around 1142. This is NATIONAL MONUMENT IS one of Ireland's largest castles and is strategically located on an island on the River Suir. The word [...]

A Norman castle, The Nugents & An ancient trading route

Delvin Castle is located in the middle of Delvin village in county Westmeath. This was once a sturdy Norman castle with a square block in the middle and 4 corner cylindrical towers. It was built in 1310 [...]

One of our earliest Norman castles and one of the most continuously ‘lived-in’ buildings in Ireland

Leixlip Castle was built in 1172 by Adam de Hereford, a follower of Strongbow, one year after the Norman Invasion of Ireland. This is one of the oldest continuously-inhabited buildings in Ireland. Leixlip means 'salmon [...]

Time Team investigates this magnificent castle built by a renegade Norman

Dundrum Castle is located in a spectacular setting overlooking Dundrum Bay and the mighty Mourne Mountains. This site was chosen by John de Courcy sometime around 1172 following his invasion of Ulster. De Courcy was [...]

One of the few moated castles in Ireland

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 [...]

The earliest stone castle to be built in Ireland and one the largest Norman castles in Europe

Trim Castle is not only the earliest stone castle to be built in Ireland but is also the largest Norman Castle in Europe. It was built in 1176 by Hugh de Lacy and his son [...]

One of the most striking Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland but don’t look out the window

Castle Roche is one of the most striking Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland. It was built in 1236 by the De Verdun family and the steep rocky outcrop along with it's strong walls made it virtually [...]

The second longest church in Ireland & the oldest structure in Kilkenny

This historic site contains two very remarkable buildings. The first National Monuments is St Canice's Cathedral, built between 1202 and 1285 and is the second longest cathedral in Ireland (after St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin) [...]

Home to the Butlers for nearly 600 years & one of the most visited castles in Ireland

Kilkenny Castle is located on a strategic site that commands a crossing on the River Nore in Kilkenny City. What you see today is a complex structure of various architectural styles built over 800 years. [...]

The oldest bell, tower and original features of any church in Dublin City

This National Monument is St Audeon's Church. It is located on High Street in Dublin City and dates from c.1190 a.d. It has the distinction of being the only medieval parish church, retaining any original [...]

The largest church in Ireland, the earliest Christian site, Handel’s Messiah and Cromwell

This National Monument is St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin City. This is the largest church in Ireland and is also reputed to be Ireland's earliest Christian site, where St. Patrick baptized converts. Unusually, Dublin has [...]

One of Ireland’s finest keeps with a turbulent history

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 [...]

The oldest and most beautiful building in Limerick City

This National Monument is St Mary's Cathedral. It is located on Bridge Street in Limerick City and dates back to 1168 making it the oldest building in Limerick City predating John's Castle. This was previously [...]

Once regarded as the most beautiful city in Ireland, King John & A city under siege

King John's Castleis located in Limerick City. This was a a Viking stronghold in the 900's but the arrival of the Anglo-Normans in 1172 changed everything. In 1200, King John of England who was then [...]

Once one of Ireland’s most impressive Norman castles, Robert the Bruce & the O’Donnells

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 in 1305 (The Red Earl of Ulster) on a [...]

Ireland’s oldest civic building & The location of the most infamous marriage in Irish history

The Viking name for Waterford was 'Vadrefjord' which translates to mean 'the inlet where the wethers or castrated sheep are loaded onto boats'! One thousand years ago this was Ireland's second city after Dublin. Reginald's [...]

A Norman castle with stunning views over Carlingford Lough

King John's Castle is located in Carlingford in county Louth. This national monument was allegedly built for King John of England in 1200 however recent research suggests that it may have been built by the [...]

One of the best preserved medieval castles in the whole of Ireland

Carrickfergus Castle in county Antrim is one of the best preserved medieval structures in the whole of Ireland. It was built by the Norman conqueror John de Courcy in 1177. Over the centuries the castle [...]

One of the finest Norman castles in Ireland blown up by a physician

Carlow Castle in located in Carlow Town. This was one of the finest Norman castles ever built in Ireland. It was built around 1213 by William Marshall and the site was carefully chosen because of it's [...]

Rathmore Motte Castle, Rathmore. co.Kildare – c.12th century a.d

Rathmore is located in north county Kildare and is named after this 'Great Motte'. The Motte is a large flat-topped mound that was used as the'castle' headquarters for one of the Norman Fitzgeralds. In 1894 [...]

Fought over by Normans, Gaelic, English, Protestants, Catholics and a few ghosts

Enniscorthy Castle has had a turbulent history and was fought over by the Normans, the English and the Irish. It was built in 1190 by the Norman De Prendergasts who lived here for 300 years. [...]

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

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.

A castle with an unusual design, The O’Neill’s & Harry Avery

Harry Avery's Castle is located on the hill behind the village of Newtownstewart in county Tyrone. It is named after Harry Avery O'Neill, the 14th century local chieftain. The structure is considered unusual because Irish [...]

Once considered to be one of the finest Norman castles in Ireland

Ferns Castle is located in Ferns in county Wexford. This castle is considered to be one of the finest examples of a Anglo-Norman fortress in Ireland. This was originally the stronghold of Diarmaid McMurrough - [...]

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