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Architecture of Leinster

03 October 2012

1200 – Swords Castle, Co. Dublin

Built around 1200 as an episcopal manor, as the residence of the Archbishop of Dublin. Five sided around a considerable courtyard with elements from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. The chapel was...

08 January 2010

1203 – Maynooth Castle, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

In 1176 Strongbow granted the manor of Maynooth to Maurice Fitzgerald who erected a castle for protection against the native Irish. In 1426 the sixth Earl of Kildare enlarged and rebuilt the castle....

19 February 2010

1204 – Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle has been a constantly developing architectural entity from its foundation in the 12th century up to the present day. It was founded in 1204 by order of King John who wanted...

07 January 2010

1206 – Abbey of St. Mary d’Urso, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Known as the Old Abbey or the Hospital of St. Mary d’Urso, the correct title for this site is the Abbey of St. Mary d’Urso. It was founded by a Norman, Ursus de...

26 November 2011

1210 – St. David’s Castle, Naas, Co. Kildare

Also known as King John’s Castle, and is the last surviving example of the many fortified houses in the town of Naas. Converted into a dwelling in the 18th century. It is a...

08 January 2010

1223 – St. Brigid’s Cathedral, Kildare, Co. Kildare

St. Brigid’s Cathedral, most recently rebuilt in the 19th century, stands on the original site of the nunnery founded by St. Brigid in the 5th century. It most likely occupies the site of...

07 January 2010

1224 – Dominican Friary, Drogheda, Co. Louth

The Magdalene Tower was the belfry tower of the once extensive Dominican Friary founded here about 1224 by Lucas de Netterville, Archbishop of Armagh. The tower itself is of 14th Century construction and...

19 January 2010

1225 – The Black Abbey, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny

Founded by William Marshall the Younger, for the Dominican Friars in 1225, the Black Abbey was also known as the Convent of the One and Undivided Trinity. It was suppressed in 1543, converted...

19 January 2010

1245 – St. Francis Abbey, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny

The Franciscans came to Ireland in around 1226, and St Francis’s Abbey was founded sometime between 1231 April 1234. The first definite date for the abbey is October 15, 1245, when it received...