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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...

20 February 2014

1851 – Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford

Architect: William Atkinson / Joseph Paxton / A.W.N. Pugin / John Gregory Crace Originally built in 1185 by King John, Lismore Castle was owned in turn by Sir Walter Raleigh and Richard Boyle,...

01 March 2013

1775c – Taylor’s Castle, Wexford, Co. Wexford

A georgian house, with extended windows and Irish-style castellations. Another view in the Lawrence Collection, in the National Library, taken in the early 20th century, shows it closed-up and semi-derelict. Mostly demolished, between...

09 November 2012

1320c – Claddagh Castle, Dunmore, Co. Galway

Illustrated as largely intact in 1794, the castle is now much decayed. Probably built after the previous castle was burned in 1315, it is a massive four storey tower on a motte. It...

18 October 2012

1860s – Ardfinnan Castle, Cahir, Co. Tipperary

Ardfinnan Castle was originally built circa 1186 to guard the river crossing on the River Suir, seven miles west of Clonmel. It was preserved as a military stronghold until the year 1649, when...

15 October 2012

1841 – Manderley Castle, Killiney, Co. Dublin

Architect: Sandham Symes Probably designed by Sandham Symes for his grandfather Robert Warren, and originally named to commemorate Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne. Essentially a large suburban house, in extensive private grounds,...

15 October 2012

1887 – Ballymena Castle, Co. Antrim

Architect: W.H. Lynn The original castle of Ballymena was built in the early 17th century, but was burned out in 1720. In 1865 Lord Waveney started building Ballymena Castle, as a magnificent family...

15 October 2012

1860s – Derryquin Castle, Sneem, Co. Kerry

Architect: J.F. Fuller Designed by James Franklin Fuller, built for the Bland family. The main block was of three storeys, with a four-storey octagonal tower running through its centre. The entrance door was...

12 October 2012

1840 – Castle Saunderson, Belturbet, Co. Cavan

Castle Saunderson is a large castellated mansion in a Tudor-Revival style. The majority of the structure dates from 1840, architect unknown, but it was added onto an earlier house creating an unusual appearance...