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 11422019-06-25T21:14:46+00:00

Ross Castle, Killarney. County Kerry c.1460

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Killarney's finest & 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.14602019-06-25T20:56:00+00:00

37 owners so far including Eric Clapton

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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 1288. Over the next 800 years it has passed into [...]

37 owners so far including Eric Clapton2019-06-21T10:25:56+00:00

The Pooka, a spooky disappearance and King James II

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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 to protect the 'Pale' from the 'wild Irish'. Other similar structures [...]

The Pooka, a spooky disappearance and King James II2019-06-21T10:26:00+00:00

One of the few moated castles in Ireland

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Drimnagh Castle in Drimnagh. co. Dublin was built in 1240. It is one of the few moated castles in Ireland. The original castle here was built around 1240 by a Norman Knight called Hugo de [...]

One of the few moated castles in Ireland2019-06-21T10:26:00+00:00

Once regarded as one of Dublin’s finest residences

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Monkstown Castle is located in Monkstown in south co.Dublin. The first castle here was built on a large farm by the Cistercian Monks of St Mary’s Abbey between the 14th and 15th centuries. This area [...]

Once regarded as one of Dublin’s finest residences2019-06-21T10:26:01+00:00

Once converted into 3 tenements

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Slade Castle, Slade Village, County Wexford Slade Castle was built by the Laffin family in the late 1400s. The Laffins were among the first wave of Anglo-Norman colonists to arrive in Ireland after the invasion [...]

Once converted into 3 tenements2019-06-21T10:26:01+00:00

St Columba, Brian Boru and a crumbling round tower

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This c.10th round tower and c.14th belfrey are located in the town of Swords in north co.Dublin. The tower stands 26 m high and is instantly recognizable from it's crumbling windows and collapsed cap. It [...]

St Columba, Brian Boru and a crumbling round tower2019-06-21T10:26:07+00:00

A carefully chosen location for a Pirate Queen

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

A carefully chosen location for a Pirate Queen2019-06-21T10:26:26+00:00

A church and a castle, John Semple & The wild Irish

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St Maelruan's Church located in the most historic part of Tallaght was designed by the famous Dublin architect, John Semple. Christian worship has continued on this site for over 1200 years since St Maelruan founded [...]

A church and a castle, John Semple & The wild Irish2019-06-21T10:26:51+00:00