Roscommon Castle

Roscommon Castle

In fields north of the town lie impressive ruins of a rectangular royal castle of c1270 with U-shaped towers at the corners and on either side of the gateway passage. The plan resembles that of the slightly later castle of Harlech in North Wales. The Elizabethan windows date from the 1580s, when the castle was […]

Castle Leap

Leap Castle

Through turbulent centuries, Leap Castle kept watch for the lords of Ely O’Carroll and still stands fortress-like on its perch overlooking a vast stretch of the countryside. From here the O’Carrolls set out for victory and defeat, here they brought their brides and captives, within lurks Ireland’s most intriguing elemental presence – unique in that […]

Clonony Castle

Clonony Castle

Clonony Castle is a truly Tudor castle in Ireland. Built around 1500 by the MacCoughlan clan, it was ceded to Henry VIII by Jon Og MacCoghlan, then given to Thomas Boleyn when Henry wanted to marry his daughter Ann, making him Earl of Ormond. Mary and Elizabeth Boleyn, cousins to Queen Elizabeth I, lived out […]

Charleville Castle

Charleville Castle

In the 6th century it was part of the ancient monastic site of Lynally, which itself was in the ancient Durrow monastic settlement. Later, in the early days of Ireland’s colonization, when the city of Dublin felt threatened by the wild tribes of the West, these lands became the focal point for the first Stuart, […]

Birr Castle

Birr Castle

Birr Castle is located in the town of Birr. It is currently occupied by the Earl of Rosse and as such residential areas of the castle are not publicly accessable. The castle grounds are also home to Ireland’s Historic Science Centre, a museum of Ireland’s historic scientists and their contributions to astronomy and botany. Birr […]

Castle Leslie

Castle Leslie

For Castle Leslie, history has been a case of politics, royalty and war. The Leslie family has lived here since 1665. Their non-conformist ancestors include warlike bishops, politicians, social reformers, agricultural innovators, philanthropic wives, fine pre-Raphaelite painters, furniture collectors, writers and war heroes. They’ve been connected with royalty, ambassadors and prime ministers, and regularly visited […]

Trim Castle

Trim Castle

Trim Castle located in Trim, County Meath on the shores of the Boyne occupies an area of some 30,000 m2. It is the largest Norman castle in Europe, and Ireland’s largest castle. It was built primarily by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter. The Castle was used as a centre of Norman administration for […]

Slane Castle

Slane Castle

Slane Castle in Ireland has been my family’s home since 1701. Slane is steeped in history and with the river Boyne flowing below the Castle, it has a mystical quality. The Hill of Slane, which overlooks the Castle, is where St. Patrick lit his paschal fire, following which he was summoned by the High King […]

Killeen Castle

Killeen Castle

Set in the historic grounds of one of Ireland’s oldest and finest 12th century Norman castles, the six hundred acre estate at Killeen Castle is home to a unique development of supreme quality residences discreetly positioned among the natural woodlands of the demesne and throughout which the magnificent Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course winds. Killeen […]

Rockfleet Castle

Rockfleet Castle

Rockfleet Castle or Carraigahowley Castle (Carraig-an-Cabhlaigh), is a tower house near Newport. It was built in the mid 16th century, and is most famously associated with the legendary Grainne ni Mhaille, Grace O’Malley, the pirate queen and chieftain of the clan O’Malley, who lived here after she married Sir Richard Burke (Richard the Iron) in […]