Haunted by Castle Matrix: Rathkeale, Co Limerick

Castle Matrix - Photo by Corey Taratuta

Castle Matrix – Photo by Corey Taratuta

A local told me Castle Matrix (pronounced Matt-trix) was open again for tours, but once we finally found the place there were no signs of life… and no signs posted (neither announcing the castle nor warning against trespassing). Based on the internet posts from visitors from the 90s and early 2000s, the owner has never made an effort to make it easy to find… which makes the whole experience a bit more mysterious.

Written by Corey Taratuta

Corey Taratuta

Corey hosts the Irish Fireside podcast and blog which has been named Best Blog of the Diaspora by the Irish Web Awards. His work has appeared on Google Field Trip, www.Lonely Planet.com, National Public Radio, www.WanderingEducators.com, www.BritMums.com, www.DiscoveryWorld.org, and elsewhere. His web community has been named finalist for the People’s Choice Podcast Awards and Irish Blog Awards, and his Irish travel program has ranked in the iTunes Top 50 Travel Podcasts. Corey’s Tips | Website

7 Responses

  1. Mark Walsh August 19, 2015 at 2:51 am #

    I too was a knight errant whose destiny it was to be drawn to the castle in the late 80’s, early 90’s. Brought Keiran to visit my young family in NY, and endowed him with a PC. Later learned of his death at so young an age, such a pity.

    Have no indication yet of Liz’s fate, if as yet ultimate. I suspect secrecy and official neglect contributed to their downward spiral after O’Driscoll died, as much as her eccentricities. She certainly struggled with all that she had, brave woman.

    If it be treasure ye seek, whatever artifacts of any historical value he may have found there in restoring the site would doubtless be safely in Crown custody through the good offices of his former employers and minders.

    I am grateful for the photos. Preserve your memories, they’re all that’s left you.

    • Liz Forrest O Drisacoll September 5, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

      Wow, Mark, so good to know you’re well and hoping to be in touch with you very soon! I’ve lost 4 phones in the past 5 years, address books missing, etc., so just trusting that those who know me will find me again. There’s a Horizon documentary on the concept of the multiverse, which given multiple realities as part of that, might go a long way to explaining my apparent eccentricities! 🙂 If you check with Corey, the photographer, he will pass on your e-mail to me or mine to you, I think? I sometimes manage to remember to post on his website under ‘Search for Castle Matrix’ comments. I have so many things I could do to raise funds, but simply not the organizational abilities needed! Sigh. Many thanks for the wonderful memories you and your family shared with Kieran too. He always intended to go to New York when he was 18 and try his luck as a musician, being very gifted, but passed on that year just 18 days before his 19th birthday.

      Yes,at least one of the tunnels leading here have been accessed by ‘others’ so I assume that someday, the empty spaces will become accessible to me and I can use them!!! 🙂 Just hope they haven’t caused any water damage as we’re so close to the river! The treasure here now is more ethereal, at least from my perspective. Still struggling, but aided by a sense of humour and lots of love! Liz

  2. Liz Forrest O Driscoll September 6, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

    Apologies, was typing too fast in previous message and inserted an ‘a’ into my surname when filling out the form, should be O Driscoll.

    • sadde January 4, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

      Dear Liz,
      Maybe you will remember me and my visit during summer 20…
      It was maybe 10 years ago. Kieran and you father were there. I stayed few days, introduced by Rosalind Seysses, native american from Burgundy.
      i wanted to get news from you, and hope you good reach me via private emailing : guilhem@sadde.fr
      Just let me tell you that since last time I am married and have 3 children.
      Looking forward to read from you,
      Best Regards,

  3. Paul Plishka April 3, 2016 at 4:41 pm #

    In 1973 while taking a week off from work in London we traveled around the south of Ireland….We came across Castle MATRIX by chance….It was in the process of restoration when we arrived and not yet open for guests…..The house keeper allowed us to stay in the two finished rooms…After giving us a bottle of champagne she left for the night and we had the castle to ourselves….I do have some pictures somewhere , hopefully. We had a great breakfast there and I even had the chance to make a few casts in the stream with a flared that was left there….Just a beautiful memory…..The house keeper said it was owned by a former American Militaty person and he was in the process of restoring it…..I do hope it is still a thriving business…….Paul Plishka

  4. Peter S April 24, 2016 at 10:25 pm #

    Hello all,
    I have been around couple of times but have no luck to find this casle.
    Can somebody help me out what is the best way where the casle is located?
    Many Thanks & Slainte

    • Corey Taratuta April 24, 2016 at 11:48 pm #

      You’ll find the GPS coordinates in the desktop version of this post (click “Exit Mobile” at the bottom of the page on a mobile phone). Otherwise, from the N21, there are only two drives on that side of the road… one is an actual road, the other is a very narrow driveway — squeeze down the narrow lane and you’ll find castle Matrix.

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