Norman Castles & Mottes 1170 – 1320

The arrival of the Normans had an enormous impact on Irish society with new language, wool production, farming practices, architecture, warfare and a new legal system. Defensive sites began as motte & baileys however these developed into the great Anglo-Norman Castles of which many still remain.

Monuments from this period include Town Walls, Tower Houses, Cathedrals, Churches, Great Anglo-Norman Castles, Motte and bailey castles, Ringworks, Abbeys & Friaries.

Here are some examples of Norman Castles & Mottes 1170 – 1320

Ballylahan Castle, Straide, County Mayo 1239


The Exeters, The MacJordans, and a 700-year-old ruin Ballylahan Castle is located a couple of kilometers northeast of Strade village in County Mayo. It was constructed in 1239 on the south bank of the [...]

Ballylahan Castle, Straide, County Mayo 12392020-09-27T22:51:10+00:00

Castledermot, County Kildare 10th-18th centuries


site of the earliest known Irish Parliament & The oldest intact stone window in western Europe This small town was originally called 'Diseart Diarmad'; meaning 'Dermot's Hermitage'. This was once a very important [...]

Castledermot, County Kildare 10th-18th centuries2020-05-04T12:00:54+00:00