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11 September 2012

1490s – Chateau de Gien, Loiret, France

Originally constructed at the end of the 14th century, the only remaining vestige of that era is the square tower on the south facade, the Tour “Charlemagne”. The Chateau was remodeled at the...

19 July 2012

1842 – Roxborough Castle, Moy, Co. Tyrone

Architect: William Murray / William Barre Seat of the Earls of Charlemont, and originally built in the 18th Century but heavily remodeled by the second Earl in 1842, his architect being William Murray....

09 June 2012

1280s – Kiltartan Castle, Co. Galway

Cromwell’s artillery left very little of the 13th century Castletown castle in the 1650s. Two storeys partially remain (with a 3-storey spiral stairway) of this 13th Century castle.

26 February 2012

1847 – Church and Tower, Lusk, Co. Dublin

Architect: An historic site with various architectural layers from the early 9th century, incorporated into a 15th century tower, and a later church. The round tower stands 27m high with conical cap. The...

09 December 2011

1803 – Birr Castle, Co. Offaly

Architect: Sir Laurence Parsons / John Johnston There has been a castle on the site since 1170, and from the 14th to the 17th century the O’Carroll family ruled from here over an...

28 November 2011

1227 – St. John’s Castle, Rinndown, Co. Roscommon

Built in 1227 by King Henry III of England, populated by up to 1000 people in it’s heyday. Destroyed, ruined and forgotten in less that 150 years, one of the most important medieval...

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...

07 April 2011

1863 – Lough Eske Castle, Co. Donegal

Architect: Fitzgibbon Louch The original castle was first built around 1474. The current Lough Eske Castle was reconstructed in the 1860s by the Brooke family on the site of their medieval castle. The...

07 April 2011

1756 – Glenarm Castle, Co. Antrim

Architect: Christopher Myers / William Vitruvius Morrison There has been a castle at Glenarm since the 13th century, and it is at the heart of one of Northern Ireland’s oldest estates. The present...