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 […]