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24 August 2010

1500 – Desmond Castle, Kinsale, Co. Cork

Desmond Castle was built as the Customs House for Kinsale about the year 1500 by Maurice FitzGerald, 9th Earl of Desmond, following the grant of the customs of the port of Kinsale to...

05 February 2010

1992 – Ashtown Visitor Centre & Castle, Phoenix Park, Dublin

Architect: Office of Public Works The oldest building in the park is Ashtown Castle, a restored medieval tower house dating from the 15th century. Restoration began in 1989 and it is located beside...

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

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...

31 December 2009

1480 c. – Ballyhack Castle, Co. Wexford

15th century tower house built by the Knights Hospitallers of St. John.

30 December 2009

1572 – Aughnanure Castle, Oughterard, Co. Galway

The castle was built by the O’Flahertys in the 16th century, one of Connacht’s most notable lord families. Aughnanure is one of over 200 tower houses in County Galway, constructed mainly by Gaelic...

30 December 2009

1520 – Dunguaire Castle, Kinvara, Co. Galway

Dunguaire Castle, the principal towerhouse of the O’hEidhin clan, is located to the east of the village. This towerhouse is believed to have been built on or close to the site of RĂ¡th...

30 December 2009

1550c – Rockfleet Castle, Newport, Co. Mayo

Rockfleet Castle or Carraigahowley Castle (Carraig-an-Cabhlaigh), is a tower house near Newport. It was built in the mid 16th century, and is most famously associated with the legendary Grainne ni Mhaille, Grace O’Malley,...

12 November 2009

1460 – Bridge Castle, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Medieval tower house, similar to many across Ireland, that was built to control a river crossing of the Suir. A small fragment of the east gate of the town wall is still attached...

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