Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle

1228 Ashford is founded by the Anglo-Norman de Burgo family following their defeat of the native O’Connors of Connaught. the de Burgo’s would build several such castles throughout the province, but Ashford would remain the principal stronghold. The native O’Connors also leave a legacy in the form of the nearby 12th century Augustinian abbey of […]

Termonfekin Castle

Termonfeckin Castle

Termonfeckin Castle is a 15th or 16th century tower house consisting of 3 storeys, with good trefoil headed windows. Its most unusual feature is the corbelled roof, similar to the technique used for the Newgrange chamber roof some 4000 or so years earlier, which is on the third storey. This castle was damaged in the […]

Taaffes Castle

Taaffe Castle

Taaffe’s Castle located in the town of Carlingford was built as a fortified town tower house in the early 16th century by a rich merchant family the Taaffe’s Taaffe’s Castle stands right on the edge of the Harbour suggesting that it may have been used as a Trading Point at some time. It construction suggests […]

King John's Castle in Limerick

King John’s Castle

Allegedly founded by King John himself though evidence points towards a previous tenant by the name of Hugh de Lacy some years prior. The castle had two main floors over a basement which is now largely filled with masonry with the great hall sited on the first floor of the castle overlooking the harbour. There […]

Roche Castle

Castle Roche

Castle Roche, also known as Roche Castle, lies in the hilly countryside, north west of Dundalk Town. Built in 1236 by Lady Rohesia de Verdun, on its completion according to Myth, Lady Rohesia de Verdun pushed the Castles Builder out the top window killing him in the process, this act was for the purpose of […]

Castle Forbes, Longford

Castleforbes

To the north-west of Longford town on the N4(T3) is Castleforbes, seat of the Earls of Granard. An imposing castellated mansion dating to the seventeenth century, it was described by Nicholas Dowdall Esq, in 1682 as a fair and spacious house with lovely gardens of pleasure. Permission to view Castlforbes demesne must be obtained in […]

Desmond Castle

Desmond Castle

Desmond Castle, also known as Adare Castle, is located just outside Adare. The castle is probably built in the twelfth century by William de Burgo, but there is evidence of an ancient ring-fort at the site. From the mid-thirteenth century until 1536 the castle was owned by the Earls of Kildare. In 1536 the castle […]

Parkes Castle

Parke’s Castle

Picturesquely situated on the Sligo-Dromahair road beside Lough Gill, this is a castle built by one of the ‘Planters’ early in the 17th century. The castle is rectangular in shape, and has three storeys with mullioned windows and diamond-shaped chimneys. It forms part of one side of a five-sided bawn with large rounded turrets at […]

Dunamase Castle

Dunamase Castle

The battered remains of this once-strong castle crowns a massive rock with superb views over the pass through the west Wicklow hills. It was built in the 13th century by William Marshall and his son-in-law William de Braose on the site of an Irish fort that Strongbow had obtained. It had a number of owners, […]

Durrow Castle

Castle Durrow

Castle Durrow Hotel in County Laois is a piece of Irish history embodied in stone. As a building, its massive solidity is combined with an old-world charm and elegance that is distinctive and attractive. It is the creation of an Anglo-Irish landlord family, a relic of an age that has vanished forever. Castle Durrow is […]