kileenKilleen Castle is located in Dunsany in county Meath. The present structure was built in 1820 however there has been a castle on this site for 800 years starting when Hugh de Lacy built a ring of castles around north Leinster fro strategic purposes. This was later the seat of the Plunkett family between 1403 until the 1950’s. The Plunketts were the Earls of Fingall and once one of Ireland’s premier amongst the oldest of the great Catholic Anglo-Irish families. In the early 1800’s the 8th and 9th Earls engaged renowned architects, Francis Johnson and James Sheil to modernise the castle creating what you see today. The 12th and last Earl of Fingall sold the castle in 1951 and the estate was then run by its new owners as a stud farm. In 1981 the castle fell victim to fire, and lay dormant and in ruins until 1997 when Snowbury Ltd purchased it and its grounds with a vision to create the magnificent estate that exists today.