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Buildings of Ireland

05 November 2009

15th C. – Caislean Sean Muckinish, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

Ruined tower house on the coast just outside Ballyvaughan. The Castle of Shanmuckinis, now generally called the Castle of Ballynacregga, is a square castle measuring twenty eight feet six inches by twenty five...

04 May 2014

15th C. – Castle Matrix, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick

The castle was built as a fortress during the early 1400s by the 7th Earl of Desmond. In the early 1600’s the castle was granted to the Southwell family who converted it to...

28 November 2012

15th C. – Clonshanville Abbey, Co.Roscommon

Probably founded early to mid 15th century. According to the Dominican Provincial reports, there were two friars here in 1702, five in 1756 and three in 1767, of whom one was parish priest....

05 November 2009

1600 – Gleninagh Castle, Co. Clare

Gleninagh Castle is a well-preserved sixteenth-century tower house stands guard over the northern shoreline of the Burren. It is an L-shaped building with a spiral stairway in the narrower east section. The doorway,...

06 January 2010

1600c – Hatch’s Castle, Ardee, Co. Louth

The smaller of the two castles on the street, Hatch’s Castle with its unusual rounded corners is a private home. The southern corner has a projecting turret.

17 February 2015

1600s – Blayney Castle, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan

The area of Muckno and Ballynalurgan was granted to Sir Edward Blayney under the Plantation of Ulster in 1607 and 1611. Blayney was a Welsh soldier, and built a stone defensive castle, Blayney...

06 January 2010

1600s – St. Leger’s Castle, Ardee, Co. Louth

One of two castles on the main street and known locally as the Courthouse, this early 17th century castle has been recently restored and will be turned to civic usage. It was converted...

26 June 2014

1603 – St. Augustine’s Fort, Galway

Work began on the Augustinian foundation in Galway in the early 1500s. Located outside the city walls, the lands were seized in 1546 following the dissolution of the monasteries. In 1601, Sir Josias...

05 November 2009

1610 – Almshouses, Youghal, Co. Cork

Endowed by Sir Richard Boyle to house six old soldiers, who were to receive a pension of £5 per annum. This service was later extended to include widows. The six houses were built...

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