Fortified Tower Houses

These are singled towered, fortified residences built by the ‘Old English’ and Gaelic Irish between about 1400 – 1600. Tower houses had specially protected doorways where an iron grill allowed the wooden door to be opened permitting negotiations with the enemy but preventing them gaining entry. Most are 3, 4 or 5 stories in height and have narrow windows and stepped battlements.

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

Ross Castle, Killarney. County Kerry c.1460

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Killarney's largest & most romantic castle Ross Castle was built sometime in the late 15th century by the O'Donoghue Ross chieftains and was surrounded by a fortified bawn, curtain walls, and circular flanking [...]

Ross Castle, Killarney. County Kerry c.14602020-05-06T15:05:39+00:00

Barberstown Castle, Straffan. County Kildare c.1500

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Only 37 owners so far (including Eric Clapton) Barberstown Castle is located in Straffan. co.Kildare. It was built around c.1500 on the grounds of an earlier Norman castle built by Nicholas Barby in [...]

Barberstown Castle, Straffan. County Kildare c.15002020-05-01T13:30:34+00:00

White’s Castle, Athy. County Kildare 1417

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An important strategic location for thousand of years White's Castle was built in 1417 by Sir John Talbot, Viceroy of Ireland, to protect the inhabitants of Athy from the 'wild Irish'. This location [...]

White’s Castle, Athy. County Kildare 14172020-04-29T17:47:03+00:00

Puck’s Castle, Shankill. County Dublin 1500

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The Pooka, A spooky disappearance & King James II These are the ruins of Puck's Castle, located in south county Dublin. Many of these structures were built around Dublin between 1400 and 1550 [...]

Puck’s Castle, Shankill. County Dublin 15002020-05-03T10:47:49+00:00

Narrow Water Castle, Warrenpoint. County Down 1560

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One of the best-preserved fortified tower-houses in Ireland Narrow Water Castle is located just outside the town of Warrenpoint on the banks of Carlingford Lough. It is regarded as one of the best-preserved [...]

Narrow Water Castle, Warrenpoint. County Down 15602020-05-03T18:07:35+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

Bunratty Castle, Bunratty. County Clare 1467

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The Vikings, The O'Briens, Dungeons & a No.1 tourist attraction Bunratty Castle is located in the village of Bunratty in County Clare. This is one of the most impressive castles and one of [...]

Bunratty Castle, Bunratty. County Clare 14672020-05-02T10:09:34+00:00

Rockfleet Castle, Newport. County Mayo c.1550

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home to the Pirate Queen Rockfleet Castle is located near Newport in County Mayo. It dates from the mid-1500s and was the main stronghold of Grace O’Malley (c.1530- c. 1603) - The ‘Pirate [...]

Rockfleet Castle, Newport. County Mayo c.15502020-05-08T09:18:29+00:00

Ardee Castle, Ardee. County Louth 15th century

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One of the largest fortified medieval tower house in Ireland  Ardee Castle is located right on the main street of Ardee village in County Louth. It is the largest fortified medieval tower house [...]

Ardee Castle, Ardee. County Louth 15th century2020-04-30T11:50:23+00:00

Taaffe’s Castle, Carlingford. County Louth 1520

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The Earls of Carlingford with 5 Royal charters Taaffe's Castle is situated in the beautiful medieval town of Carlingford. It was built around 1520 as a fortified townhouse and a trading depot for [...]

Taaffe’s Castle, Carlingford. County Louth 15202020-04-30T11:39:54+00:00

Rathfarnham Castle, Rathfarnham, County Dublin 1585

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One of Ireland's finest fortified manor houses, exquisite interiors & the Jesuits Rathfarnham Castle was built in 1585 by Adam Loftus, Archbishop of Armagh. Loftus was described as an ambitious Yorkshire clergyman who [...]

Rathfarnham Castle, Rathfarnham, County Dublin 15852020-05-02T14:29:32+00:00

Cloonacauneen Castle, Cloonacaueen. County Galway 1550

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A beautifully restored fortified tower house & A beautiful wedding venue Cloonacauneen Castle is a stunning 15th-century tower house situated on the outskirts of Galway City. Unusually, the majority of Cloonacaueen's owners have [...]

Cloonacauneen Castle, Cloonacaueen. County Galway 15502020-04-29T19:46:49+00:00

Kilgobbin Castle, Stepaside. County Dublin 1476

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The Walshes, The Pale & Strange spectres Kilgobbin Castle is located near the village of Stepaside in south Dublin. This fortified tower house was built by the Walshe Family in c.1476. The Walshe [...]

Kilgobbin Castle, Stepaside. County Dublin 14762020-05-02T14:12:51+00:00

Knappogue Castle, Quin. County Clare 1467

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One of the finest examples of a medieval tower house in Ireland Knappogue Castle is located near the village of Quin in County Clare. It was built around 1467 by Sean MacNamara and [...]

Knappogue Castle, Quin. County Clare 14672020-05-06T15:30:40+00:00