Ferns Castle is located in the historic village of Ferns and is considered to be one of the finest examples of a Anglo-Norman fortress in Ireland. It would have been built in the shape of a square with large corners towers including fine vaulted ceilings with the finest carved ornament. The original castle on this site was owned by Diarmaid McMurrough, the King of Leinster – the man who invited Strongbow and the Normans into Ireland in 1169. This castle was built by the Marshall family in 1220 and passed hands over the years by inheritance or conquest from families such as the Roches, the Kavanagh’s and even Sir Charles Coote, Cromwell’s general. Other similar examples can be found in Carlow, Lea and Terryglass.

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