One of 7 original castles built in the same village, Goats & A thorny island

Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre are located in the picturesque village of Dalkey in south county Dublin. Dalkey was once noted for it’s seven castles of which only two remain, this one, and Archibald’s Castle on the other side of the road. Dalkey Castle was once owned by the Cheevers family in the 16th century and was originally called ‘Goat Castle’. The Cheevers were Norman in origin and the word ‘chevre’ actually means goat in French. The goat also featured on their coat of arms – no kidding! Dalkey’s deep harbor was once Dublin’s most important and these fortified tower houses were built as defensive structures and also to store valuable goods such as wine and tobacco. This area was also on the edge of ‘the Pale’ and so was constantly under threat of attack from displaced Gaelic clans such as the O’Byrnes and the O’Tooles. During the Victorian era, the castles were demolished to provide handy building materials for the new houses. The name ‘Dalkey’ derives its name from the Irish ‘Deilg-inis’ meaning ‘thorny island’.