Archive | Castles RSS feed for this section

The Medieval Treasures of Fethard: Co Tipperary

The village of Fethard is home to a surprising number of medieval ruins. The old walls still surround the village and a signposted walking route has been established. Visitors can stroll along a section of the tall walls from the grounds of Holy Trinity Church which was built by the Normans in the 1200s Inside […]

Scientific Ireland at Birr Castle: Birr, Co. Offaly

It’s not often that you find a mix of everything that makes Ireland magical in one spot, but that is exactly what you find at Birr Castle Demense. Historic castle- with aristocratic family still in residence. Check. Scenic parklands.  Check. Magnificent gardens.  Check. World changing scientific discoveries. What?  Not what you think of when you imagine Ireland? […]

Barryscourt Castle

Barryscourt Castle is a wonderfully restored tower house, occupying a ancient site. The 16th century castle was home to the Barrymores a powerful branch of the Barry family and is in a bucolic setting near Carrigtowhill in West Cork. © 2013 Michele Erdvig IrelandYes: Barryscourt Castle Heritage Ireland: Barryscourt Castle

Overlooking Lough Swilly at Burt Castle: Burt, Co Donegal

Burt Castle is a hidden gem that many people pass by without visiting. There is no road leading to it and it is actually now located on private farmland – however, this means that when you visit, you are likely to have the whole place to yourself. You can park your car on the road […]

Tragedy at Menlo Castle: Galway, Co Galway

Menlo Castle, a once magnificent home of the Blake family was built in 1569 on the banks of the River Corrib. In 1910, Menlo Castle was gutted by fire trapping two servants & Miss Ellen, the invalided daughter of the Baronet & Lady Blake. The two servants were forced to jump from the roof of […]

A Home from the Family Who Brought Us the Galway Races: Tyrone, Co Galway

Located near Kilcolgan, Co. Galway, stands the ruins of the stately manor Tyrone House. Built in 1779 by Christopher French St. George whose estate was once the centre of foxhunting in the region. One of St George’s grandsons later helped to establish the Galway Races. Tyrone House is probably more famous for being torched by […]

Carrigafoyle Castle on the Banks of the Shannon: Ballylongford, County Kerry

We were wandering around the area, slowly making our way down from the ferry at Tarbert to Dingle, our stop for the evening. On the way, we explored some castles and abbeys. One that we came upon by accident was Carrigafoyle, which we saw across the river and had to go see. It was like […]

Portumna Castle and Kitchen Garden: Portumna, County Galway

The Castle which was destroyed by an accidental fire in 1826 is currently undergoing extensive internal restoration. This semi fortified Manor House currently has only the lower floors of the building accessible at this time. There are information boards and a video giving details of the history and former owners with close links to the […]

Dysert O’Dea Castle and High Cross: Corofin, Co Clare

Dysert O’Dea is a simple tower castle hidden away in the rolling hills of County Clare, and worth a search. The keep itself is open for touring, and the story of the family is there for enjoyment. On the grounds you can find an old cannon and other memorabilia. If you go back down the […]

Desmond Castle and the Hellfire Club: Askeaton, Co Limerick

Dominating the town, Desmond Castle was built in 1199 by William de Burgo and it became the dwelling place of the Kings of Munster. Next to the castle is the infamous Hellfire Club which was built in 1740 (curiously the same year that the friary in town was finally abandoned). The Standing Stone: Desmond Castle […]

Exclusive Updates