Castles & Tower Houses 1350 – 1850 a.d

Fortified tower houses 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. After 1600 these became known as Fortified Houses and after 1800 the castles were usually mock-castles (basically big fancy pads that look tough!)

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

Howth Castle, Howth. County Dublin 1177

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Occupied by the same family for 800 years, Grainne O'Malley & St Lawrence Howth Castle in north county Dublin has been the private residence of the Gaisford - St Lawrence family for over [...]

Howth Castle, Howth. County Dublin 11772020-05-02T14:49:07+00:00

Burt Castle, Burt. County Donegal 1560

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A major landmark, the O'Dohertys & the Flight of the Earls Burt Castle is one of the most recognizable castles in Donegal. It is located on a small hill overlooking Lough Swilly which [...]

Burt Castle, Burt. County Donegal 15602020-05-08T09:29:33+00:00

Malahide Castle, Malahide, County Dublin 1185

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This castle was built as a large fortress in 1185 by Sir Richard Talbot, a knight who accompanied King Henry II to Ireland. It was was occupied by the Talbot family between 1185 until 1973 making it the longest continuosly inhabited castle in Ireland by the same family. On the morning of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, 14 members of the family sat and had breakfast together for the last time as none of them returned. It was considerably enlarged during the reign of Edward IV around 1470 and the towers were added in 1765. Dublin County Council bought the property and the 265 acres in 1975 giving public access to one of the finest period interiors and beautiful botanical gardens.

Malahide Castle, Malahide, County Dublin 11852020-04-25T16:04:52+00:00

Dungiven Castle, Dungiven. County Derry 1836

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Danny Boy, The O'Cahan's & The Flight of the Earls Dungiven Castle was the ancestral home of the O'Cahans who ruled this area for hundreds of years. In 1607 Sir Donnell O’Cahan was [...]

Dungiven Castle, Dungiven. County Derry 18362020-04-29T19:31:07+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
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