Category: ireland

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle is located in Dublin, Ireland. The castle complex serves as a major Irish Government center and a tourist attraction. The castle was built for defense by King John of England and was largely completed by 1230. The castle was designed in a Norman courtyard style with a central square, flanked by defensive walls that were protected at each corner with a circular tower. Through the middle ages, the castle’s structure was altered with additions added, although not all the additions remain today. The castle survived a fire in 1684 and was transformed into a Georgian palace. The majority of the medieval buildings remain under ground today with the exception of the Record and Bermingham Towers, which are the sole surviving towers from the original fortification. The castle boasts State apartments in the upper yard buildings, a Throne room, a State drawing room, a State dining room, State bedrooms, a State corridor, and Saint Patrick’s Hall, which was once a ballroom, but is currently used for presidential inaugurations. The opulent Royal Chapel was completed in 1814 and opened on Christmas Day. The chapel was the third chapel in the castle and the second in this location. The crypt of the Royal Chapel is now used as an art center. The Chester Beatty Library houses the Silk Road Café, while the Treasury Building houses a police museum. Dublin Castle is open to the public. 

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle is located in Dublin, Ireland. The castle complex serves as a major Irish Government center and a tourist attraction. The castle was built for defense by King John of England and was largely completed by 1230. The castle was designed in a Norman courtyard style with a central square, flanked by defensive walls that were protected at each corner with a circular tower. Through the middle ages, the castle’s structure was altered with additions added, although not all the additions remain today. The castle survived a fire in 1684 and was transformed into a Georgian palace. The majority of the medieval buildings remain under ground today with the exception of the Record and Bermingham Towers, which are the sole surviving towers from the original fortification. The castle boasts State apartments in the upper yard buildings, a Throne room, a State drawing room, a State dining room, State bedrooms, a State corridor, and Saint Patrick’s Hall, which was once a ballroom, but is currently used for presidential inaugurations. The opulent Royal Chapel was completed in 1814 and opened on Christmas Day. The chapel was the third chapel in the castle and the second in this location. The crypt of the Royal Chapel is now used as an art center. The Chester Beatty Library houses the Silk Road Café, while the Treasury Building houses a police museum. Dublin Castle is open to the public. 

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Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

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Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

Kilkenny Castle (Irish: Caisleán Chill Chainnigh) is a castle in Kilkenny, Ireland built in 1195 to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways. It was a symbol of Norman occupation and in its original thirteenth-century condition it would have formed an important element of the defences of the town with four large circular corner towers and a massive ditch, part of which can still be seen today on the Parade.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilkenny_Castle

Saunderson Castle

Saunderson Castle is located in Cavan County, Ireland. The original castle on this site was called Breffni Castle and was part of the Ulster plantation, which was inhabited by the O-Reilly’s of Breffni in the 14thcentury. The castle was acquired by the Saunderson family in 1676 and was destroyed by fire in 1689. The present castle was built by Francis Sanderson and dates from around 1779. In 1840, his son, Alexander redesigned the classical home into an Elizabethan gothic style castle. The castle’s north and south fronts are asymmetrical, the east facing, two story entrance has a three story castellated tower that is flanked by castellated octagonal turrets, with square turrets at opposing ends of the structure. In 1977, the Saunderson’s had still not lived at the property and they sold it to a businessman who was willing to undergo the restoration. The castle became a hotel for a short period of time and then it was sold again. The castle was destroyed by a fire in 1990 and left in ruins. In 1997, the castle and its grounds were acquired by Scouting Ireland. In 2012, the Castle Saunderson International Scouting Center opened on the castle grounds. The center provides indoor accommodations and campsites amongst the 34 acres.

Saunderson Castle

Saunderson Castle is located in Cavan County, Ireland. The original castle on this site was called Breffni Castle and was part of the Ulster plantation, which was inhabited by the O-Reilly’s of Breffni in the 14thcentury. The castle was acquired by the Saunderson family in 1676 and was destroyed by fire in 1689. The present castle was built by Francis Sanderson and dates from around 1779. In 1840, his son, Alexander redesigned the classical home into an Elizabethan gothic style castle. The castle’s north and south fronts are asymmetrical, the east facing, two story entrance has a three story castellated tower that is flanked by castellated octagonal turrets, with square turrets at opposing ends of the structure. In 1977, the Saunderson’s had still not lived at the property and they sold it to a businessman who was willing to undergo the restoration. The castle became a hotel for a short period of time and then it was sold again. The castle was destroyed by a fire in 1990 and left in ruins. In 1997, the castle and its grounds were acquired by Scouting Ireland. In 2012, the Castle Saunderson International Scouting Center opened on the castle grounds. The center provides indoor accommodations and campsites amongst the 34 acres.

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Doonagore Castle, Ireland

Doonagore Castle is Doolin’s iconic tower house castle on the hill just behind Sea View House overlooking Doolin Point. It is a round 16th-century tower house with a small walled enclosure located about 1 km above the village of Doolin.
The castle was built around 1500 although an earlier castle stood on the site since the 1300s. It was built by Teige MacTurlough O’Conner and was in possession of Sir Turlough O’Brien in 1584.