The harmony between great Victorian revival castles and their surrounding ornamental grounds is rarely seen to such perfection as at Johnstown Castle. The mature woodlands and lakes of this demesne provide the perfect setting for this turreted, battlemented and machicolated castle of gleaming silver-grey ashlar, built for the Grogan-Morgan family between 1810 and 1855 and […]
Ferns Castle is at the northwest end of town at the village of Ferns and it dates from about the 13th century. The castle originally formed a square with larger corner towers. Only half of the castle now remains. Ferns, short for Fearna Mr Maedhg, is a small historic town in north County Wexford, near […]
Detached two-bay three-storey over basement medieval castle, rebuilt 1588, originally on a square plan possibly incorporating the fabric of Norman castle which was founded in 1205. Having fallen into ruin by the turn of the twentieth century, the castle was faithfully restored under the direction of P.J. Roche.
There was formerly an establishment of the Knights Templars here beside this peaceful inlet, but the present 5 storey castle is 15th century in date and probably has nothing to do with the Knights. The ground floor is vaulted and has a number of deep recesses, and the second floor is also vaulted. There are […]
There has been a castle at Lismore ever since 1185 when Prince John built a “castellum” on the present site. When John became King of England he handed the Castle over to the Church and it was used as a Bishop’s Palace until 1589. In 1589 the Castle was leased and later bought outright by […]
Beginning in the 5th century, the Rock of Cashel was the seat of the Kings of Munster, one of the four provinces of Ireland. During this period, St Patrick converted Aenghus, the king of the time, and made Cashel a bishopric. Cashels greatest king however, who went on to become High King of Ireland was […]
Ormond Castle is the best example of an Elizabethan Manor House in Ireland. It was built by Thomas, the 10th Earl of Ormond in the 1560’s. Closely integrated into the manor house are two 15th century towers. The ‘state rooms’ contain some of the finest decorative plasterwork in the country, including plasterwork portraits.
Cahir Castle is one of the largest, best preserved castles in Ireland and is situated on a rocky island in the middle of the River Suir. The origins of the town can be traced back to the third century when a Dun (earthen fort) was built upon the rocky island and gave the town it’s […]
For 350 years the Cooper family have been living at Markree Castle. Their story is a journey through time, starting in the 16th century with the invasion of Ireland by Cromwell. The young officer, Edward Cooper, was serving under Cromwell when his army defeated the mighty O’Brien Clan. O’Brien himself lost his life in this […]
Ballymote, begun in 1300, was the last and the mightiest of the Norman castles in Connaught. It was built some distance from an earlier motte by Richard de Burgo, the great Red Earl of Ulster, in order to protect his newly won possessions in Sligo. Almost square in plan with massive round towers at each […]