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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,...

05 November 2009

1425 – Bunratty Castle, Co. Clare

The present structure was completed by the MacNamara family around 1425 but 50 years later was in the hands of the O’Briens, the most powerful clan in Munster. In 1646, during the Irish...

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...

15 October 2009

1839 – Dromore Castle, Templenoe, Co. Kerry

Architect: Thomas Deane Dromore Castle, near Templenoe, was built in the 1830s for the Mahony family to a neo-gothic design by Sir Thomas Deane assisted by his brother Kearns Deane. The house is...

09 October 2009

1310 – Castell De Bellver, Palma, Mallorca, Spain

Architect: Pere Salva Begun by Jaume II in 1300 and built by Pere Salva, the architect of the Almudaina Palace, it is unique among Spanish castles in being entirely round. Three large towers...

02 October 2009

1300 – Castle of Sao Jorge, Lisbon

The Castelo de Sao Jorge stands above the center of Lisbon to the east. The origins of this former fortress date back to an Iron Age settlement on this site, which was occupied...

24 September 2009

1180 – Carrickfergus Castle, Co. Antrim

One of the finest Norman castles in Ireland, Carrickfergus Castle is sited along the harbour front, controlling the seashore. Probably constructed by John de Courcey sometime around 1180, it is sited on a...

24 September 2009

1870 – Belfast Castle, Co. Antrim

Architect: Lanyon, Lynn and Lanyon The Chichesters (later the Donegalls) lived in England as absentee landlords but came to live at Ormeau at the beginning of the nineteenth century. After re-marrying in 1862,...

03 September 2009

1871 – Hluboka Castle, Czech Republic

Architect: Franz Beer / Ferdinand Deworetsky Originally there was a medieval fortress on the site, but over the centuries, various owners reconstructed the castle in the fashionable style of the day. In the...