Norman Castles

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.

Ballylahan Castle, Straide, County Mayo 1239

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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

Delvin Castle, Delvin. County Westmeath 1310

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Loyal Kings men, The Nugents & An ancient trading route Delvin Castle is located right in the middle of Delvin village in County Westmeath. This was once a sturdy Norman castle with a [...]

Delvin Castle, Delvin. County Westmeath 13102020-04-28T22:07:40+00:00

Leixlip Castle, Leixlip. County Kildare 1172

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One of the earliest Norman castles & continuously occupied buildings in Ireland Leixlip Castle was built in 1172 by Adam de Hereford, a follower of Strongbow, one year after the Norman Invasion of [...]

Leixlip Castle, Leixlip. County Kildare 11722020-05-07T06:57:31+00:00

Barberstown Castle, Straffan. County Kildare c.1500

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Only 37 owners so far (including Eric Clapton) Barberstown Castle is located in Straffan. co.Kildare. It was built around c.1500 on the grounds of an earlier Norman castle built by Nicholas Barby in [...]

Barberstown Castle, Straffan. County Kildare c.15002020-05-01T13:30:34+00:00