This national monument is the largest fortified medieval tower house in Ireland. The original structure was founded by an Anglo-Norman lord called Roger de Peppard in 1207 although little remains of it. This ‘current building’ was built in the 15th century by John St. Ledger. The castle is located on Ardee’s main street which suggests that it’s use was probably for the defense of the town as well as for residential purposes. Ardee was an outpost on the border between the Anglo Norman south and the Gaelic north which has made it the site of many significant battles throughout history. Over the years it was fought over by the O’Neills and the English and James II used it as his headquarters prior to the Battle of the Boyne. In 1805 it was converted into a courthouse and prison and today it continues to be used as a district courthouse and for local council’s administration.

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