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

Ballylahan Castle, Straide, County Mayo 1239

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The Exeters, The MacJordans, and a 700-year-old ruin Ballylahan Castle is located a couple of kilometers northeast of Strade village in County Mayo. It was constructed in 1239 on the south bank of the [...]

Ballylahan Castle, Straide, County Mayo 12392020-04-29T17:39:33+00:00

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 centuries2020-05-04T12:00:54+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 11422020-04-30T12:13:39+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 13102020-04-28T22:07:40+00:00

Leixlip Castle, Leixlip. County Kildare 1172

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

Leixlip Castle, Leixlip. County Kildare 11722020-05-07T06:57:31+00:00

Dundrum Castle, Dundrum, County Down 1180

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A magnificent Norman castle, a renegade & the Time Team Dundrum Castle is located in a spectacular setting overlooking Dundrum Bay and the mighty Mourne Mountains. This ancient hilltop site was chosen by [...]

Dundrum Castle, Dundrum, County Down 11802020-05-03T17:43:24+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 anglicized to Barnewall. [...]

Drimnagh Castle, Drimnagh. County Dublin 1240.2020-04-29T19:13:51+00:00

Trim Castle, Trim, County Meath 1176

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The earliest and one the largest Norman castles in Europe, Braveheart & Hugh de Lacy Trim Castle is not only the earliest stone castle to be built in Ireland but also one of [...]

Trim Castle, Trim, County Meath 11762020-04-29T17:31:08+00:00

Castle Roche, Dundalk. County Louth 1236

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One of Ireland's most striking Anglo-Norman castles 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 [...]

Castle Roche, Dundalk. County Louth 12362020-04-30T11:56:26+00:00

St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny City 1285

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The 2nd longest church in Ireland & The oldest building in Kilkenny St Canice's Cathedral was built between 1202 and 1285 and is the second-longest in Ireland after St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. [...]

St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny City 12852020-05-08T07:12:35+00:00

St Audeon’s Church, High Street. Dublin City c.1190AD

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The oldest and best-preserved original features of any church in Dublin City St Audeon's Church is located on High Street in Dublin City and dates from c.1190AD. It has the distinction of being [...]

St Audeon’s Church, High Street. Dublin City c.1190AD2020-05-05T12:27:15+00:00

Nenagh Castle, Nenagh. County Tipperary 1216

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One of Ireland's most impressive Norman keeps  Nenagh Castle is located in Nenagh in County Tipperary. It was built c.1216 and was the main castle of the Butler family for 200 years before [...]

Nenagh Castle, Nenagh. County Tipperary 12162020-05-06T09:38:56+00:00

St Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge Street. Limerick City 1168

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The oldest and most beautiful building in 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 [...]

St Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge Street. Limerick City 11682020-05-06T15:00:45+00:00

King John’s Castle, Limerick City 1200

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Once regarded as the most beautiful city in Ireland, King John & A city under siege This strategic location on the banks of the Shannon has been a stronghold for thousands of years. [...]

King John’s Castle, Limerick City 12002020-04-26T15:04:38+00:00

Killeen Castle, Dunsany. County Meath 1820

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The Plunkett's, Hugh de Lacy & A stunning new golf course The first castle on this site was built by Geoffrey de Cusack, an Anglo-Norman who came to Ireland with Hugh de Lacy. [...]

Killeen Castle, Dunsany. County Meath 18202020-05-01T13:22:03+00:00

Carrickfergus Castle, Carrickfergus. County Antrim 1177

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One of the best-preserved Norman castles in 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 [...]

Carrickfergus Castle, Carrickfergus. County Antrim 11772020-04-30T20:36:37+00:00

The Great Motte, Rathmore. County Kildare 12th century

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Norman skeletons, a great motte & The Fitzgeralds 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 Great Motte, Rathmore. County Kildare 12th century2020-05-03T17:32:34+00:00

Malahide Castle, Malahide, County Dublin 1185

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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.

Malahide Castle, Malahide, County Dublin 11852020-04-25T16:04:52+00:00

Ferns Castle, Ferns. County Wexford 1220

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Once considered to be one of the finest Norman castles in Ireland Ferns Castle is considered to be one of the finest examples of an Anglo-Norman fortress in Ireland. This was originally the [...]

Ferns Castle, Ferns. County Wexford 12202020-05-04T12:47:12+00:00