These are the remains of Harry Avery’s Castle built around c.1350 and is located near the town of Newtownstewart in co. Tyrone. It is named after Harry Avery O’Neill, a local chieftain belonging to the O’Neill clan. The structure is considered unusual because Irish chieftain’s of the time rarely built stone castles and this copied many elements from Norman Castles. The two towers look like gatehouses similar in style to those of Carrickfergus Castle, but in reality they served a similar function to an Irish medieval tower house. Inside is a large mound which forms the courtyard, a draw bar slot on the main door and a latrine chute. The castle was also surrounded by a curtain wall, of which only the foundations remain today and would have many wooden buildings such as kitchens and stables in the courtyard.

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