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13 January 2010

1832 – Hohenschwangau, Bavaria

Architects: Domenico Quaglio, George Friedrich Ziebland, Joseph Daniel Ohlmüller A fortified castle stood on this site from the middle ages but was destroyed during the Tyrolean War. In 1832, the heir to the...

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....

06 January 2010

1260s – Castle Roche, Co. Louth

Castle Roche is one of the lesser known but more dramatic Norman Castles in Ireland. Sited on a rocky hilltop, the castle controlled a pass into Armagh. The castle is believed to have...

06 January 2010

16th C. – Taffee’s Castle, Carlingford, Co. Louth

A sizable fortified town house that belonged to the rich mercantile Taaffe family who became Earls of Carlingford in 1661. It’s close proximity to the harbour would suggest that trade was conducted from...

06 January 2010

1200 – King John’s Castle, Carlingford, Co. Louth

Known as King John’s Castle because it was allegedly founded by King John who stayed here briefly in 1210, the castle was more likely founded by Hugh de Lacy some years before. The...

06 January 2010

1858 – Knockabbey Castle, Louth, Co. Louth

Architect: William Caldbeck When it was first built in 1399, it was called Thomastown Castle and consisted only of a towerhouse. Reflecting their prestige and position, the Bellews, who had lived here since...

06 January 2010

1839 – Barmeath Castle, Dunleer, Co. Louth

Architect: John B. Keane / Thomas Smith Originally the site of a medieval Castle of the Pale, it was enlarged in the mid 18th century into a Georgian residence. At this stage it...

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...

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.