Ruined Castles

Clonmines Medieval Borough, Wellington Bridge. co.Wexford c.13th-16th centuries

This interesting site is one of the best preserved and much over-looked medieval towns in Ireland. Clonmines probably began it's life as a Norman settlement established by William Marshall in the 13th century as an [...]

Carlow’s richest family, The IRA & Banshee’s

Ducketts Grove is located in Rainstown. co. Carlow. This great house was built between 1818-1850 and was once home to the Duckett family. The Duckett's were Carlow's largest landowners for 300 years with an estate [...]

A Norman castle, The Nugents & An ancient trading route

Delvin Castle is located in the middle of Delvin village in county Westmeath. This was once a sturdy Norman castle with a square block in the middle and 4 corner cylindrical towers. It was built in 1310 [...]

A castle under constant attack, The Red Earl & A dodgy location!

Ballinafad Castle is located in Ballinafad in county Sligo. It was built in 1590 and is also known as the 'Castle of the Curlews'. It has had a turbulent history due to it's strategic (or [...]

Battle of the Boyne, Spectre’s, dying soldiers & blood covered hands

This foreboding looking building is Athcarne Castle located in Balrath co. Meath.  It was built for William Bathe in 1590. The Bathe family produced a number of well known legal and political personalities around the [...]

Time Team investigates this magnificent castle built by a renegade Norman

Dundrum Castle is located in a spectacular setting overlooking Dundrum Bay and the mighty Mourne Mountains. This site was chosen by John de Courcy sometime around 1172 following his invasion of Ulster. De Courcy was [...]

Once regarded as one of Dublin’s finest residences

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 [...]

One of the best preserved Scottish styled plantation castles in Northern Ireland

Monea Castle is located in the parish of Monea in co.Fermanagh. it was built in 1618 by Rev. Malcom Hamilton and is one of the best preserved Scottish styled plantation castles in Northern Ireland. It's [...]

A bloody history on the night before Christmas

Tully Castle is located in Derrygonnelly in co.Fermanagh. It was built in 1612 for a Scottish planter called Sir John Hume and has a bloody history. It is a fortified tower house with 4 rectangular corner [...]

The last original wooden roof of a castle to survive in Ireland

This national monument is the impressive Dunsoghly Castle located in St Margarets in north county Dublin. It is one of the few 15th century fortified tower houses in Ireland to have survived intact. It consists of [...]

An Arch-Bishop’s luxury pad, An orchard and The Tudors

Swords Castle is located in the town of Swords in north county Dublin and dates from 1190 a.d. In 1181 John Comyn succeeded Laurence O'Toole as the 1st Anglo-Norman Archbishop of Dublin and it appears [...]

One of the most striking Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland but don’t look out the window

Castle Roche is one of the most striking Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland. It was built in 1236 by the De Verdun family and the steep rocky outcrop along with it's strong walls made it virtually [...]

One of Ireland’s finest keeps with a turbulent history

Nenagh Castleis located in Nenagh in co.Tipperary. It was built c.1216 and was the main castle of the Butler family for 200 years before they moved to Gowran in co.Kilkenny. The family later splashed out [...]

The Athens of Ireland

The Rock of Dunamase is located in Dunamase in co.Laois. This is an ancient site and one of Ireland's most impressive locations for a castle as it sits on a limestone outcrop 150 feet above [...]

A key ancient site, a holy well and St Patrick

Dunseverick Castle is located at Dunseverick in co.Antrim. This location was regarded as a 'key' site in ancient Ireland as this was the point where one of the royal roads from Tara ended. It has [...]

A perfect hideaway to plan revolts, The O’Dohertys & Ancient rock art

Carrickabraghy Castle is located on Doagh Island in co.Donegal. This was was one of a network of castles built to defend and protect the lands belonging to the O'Doherty clan in the late 1500's. This [...]

Once one of Ireland’s most impressive Norman castles, Robert the Bruce & the O’Donnells

Northburg Castle is locally known as 'Greencastle' and was one of the most impressive Norman castles built in Ireland. It was built by Richard de Burgh in 1305 (The Red Earl of Ulster) on a [...]

A Norman castle with stunning views over Carlingford Lough

King John's Castle is located in Carlingford in county Louth. This national monument was allegedly built for King John of England in 1200 however recent research suggests that it may have been built by the [...]

Once a prosperous trading port with 5 Royal charters & The Earls of Carlingford

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 the Taaffe family. The Taaffe's later became the 'Earls of [...]

Northern Ireland’s most iconic castle, Secret escape tunnels & Led Zeppelin

Dunluce Castle is located in Bushmills in county Antrim. This is one of Northern Ireland's most iconic castles and it's image is used extensively to market Northern Ireland as a holiday destination. This was a [...]

One of the finest Norman castles in Ireland blown up by a physician

Carlow Castle in located in Carlow Town. This was one of the finest Norman castles ever built in Ireland. It was built around 1213 by William Marshall and the site was carefully chosen because of it's [...]

Rebellion, The O’Doherty’s & The Flight of the Earls

Burt Castle is one of the most recognizable castles in Donegal being located on a small hill overlooking Lough Swilly. This would have originally been a small island surrounded by tidal marshland. It was built [...]

A castle with an unusual design, The O’Neill’s & Harry Avery

Harry Avery's Castle is located on the hill behind the village of Newtownstewart in county Tyrone. It is named after Harry Avery O'Neill, the 14th century local chieftain. The structure is considered unusual because Irish [...]

On the border of The Pale, A forgotten castle & 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 family were the 'marcher lords' of the area and [...]

Once considered to be one of the finest Norman castles in Ireland

Ferns Castle is located in Ferns in county Wexford. This castle is considered to be one of the finest examples of a Anglo-Norman fortress in Ireland. This was originally the stronghold of Diarmaid McMurrough - [...]

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