Castles in Ireland

Carlow Castle
 

Castles in Ireland

  • Description of the Castles in Ireland
  • Information & Facts about Castles in Ireland
  • List of of Castles located in Ireland
  • List of Castles in Ireland and Locations
  • Blarney, Trim, Carrickfergus, Cahir, Dublin
  • Kilkenny, Bunratty, Ross, Ormond & Slane
 
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Castle Hotels in Ireland
There are many castles in Ireland which have been renovated and are now operating as hotels, including the famous Ashford Castle. Details of these castle hotels in Ireland can be accessed from the following link:

Castle Hotels in Ireland

Castles in Ireland

List of Castles in Ireland and Locations
The following list of Castles in Ireland is not exhaustive but indicates the vast range of Medieval and Renaissance castles and ruins that can be found in Ireland.

Castles in Ireland and Locations
Name of Castles in Ireland
Description of Castles in Ireland
Adare Castle
Adare - Norman Castle built c1190 on the banks of the River Maigue
Ardgillan Castle
Dublin
Aughnanure Castle
Aughnanure - built c1500 near the shores of the Lough Corrib
Ballymoon Castle
Ballymoon was built c1300 by the Carew family
Ballymote Castle
Ballymote was built c1300 in Connaught
Blarney Castle
Blarney  - kiss the famous Blarney Stone, housed in this beautiful castle in Co. Cork
Bunratty Castle
Bunratty Castle, County Clare
Cahir Castle
Cahir Castle, County Tipperary
Carlow Castle
Norman Carlow Castle built c1200 by William Marshall
Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus - Norman Castle built c1200
Carrick-on-Suir
Norman Castle built c1300 on the banks of the River Suir
Dublin Castle
Dublin  Massive fortress. Origin of name: 'Dubh Linn' meaning Black Pool -  which was on the site of the present Castle garden. Built on the banks of the River Liffey
Dundrum Castle
Norman Dundrum built c1190 by John de Courcy
Dunluce Castle
Norman Dunluce built c1190 on the banks of the River Maigue
Dunsoghly Castle
Irish Castle built c1450 by Sir Rowland Plunkett, Chief Justice of the King's Bench
Charleville Castle
Charleville Castle, County Offaly
Gleninagh Castle
Gleninagh Norman built on the banks of Galway Bay
Glenveagh Castle
Glenveagh Castle, County Donegal
Greencastle Castle
Greencastle Castle built at the mouth of Carlingford Lough
Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny was built c1190 on the banks of the River Nore
Mallow Castle
Mallow was built on the banks of the River Blackwater at Mallow
Monea Castle
Irish Castle built c1616
Old Crom Castle
Old Crom was built on the banks of Lough Erne
Ormond Castle
Ormond Castle,County Tipperary
Rathmacknee Castle
Rathmacknee Castle - a tower house in South Leinster
Ross Castle
Ross was built c1600 on the banks of Killarney's Lower Lake
Slade Castle
Slade - Norman Castle built c1190
Slane Castle
County Meath
Swords Castle
Swords was built c1200 as the manorial residence of the Archbishops of Dublin
Trim Castle
Trim Norman Castle built c1190
Tullynally Castle
Tullynally Castle, County Westmeath
Name of Castles in Ireland
Description of Castles in Ireland
Castles in Ireland and Locations

List of Castles in Ireland and Locations
The above list of Castles in Ireland is not exhaustive but indicates the vast range of Medieval and Renaissance castles that can be found in Ireland.

Castles in Ireland
The Castles in Ireland include some of the oldest and most famous castles in the World. The building of the magnificent Stone Castles in Ireland started one hundred years after the Norman invasion of England. By the year 1250 the Normans controlled three quarters of all Ireland and only western Ulster, County Kerry, County Clare and western Galway were the only predominantly Irish-ruled areas left. These magnificent Castles in Ireland took considerable time to build, requiring a significant labour force,  and they were expensive. The location of the stone castles in Ireland were carefully chosen for the most advantageous political and military purposes. Many castles in Ireland were built on the sites of existing fortresses and abbeys. The conquering Normans such as the de Burgos dynasty (Burkes or Bourkes) built the famous Ashford Castle in Ireland occuping Connacht whilst families such as the FitzGeralds occupied Kildare and Limerick. For details of the architecture and building of Castles in Ireland please click the following link:

Irish Castles

Castles in Ireland

Top 10 List of Castles in Ireland

  • Blarney
  • Bunratty
  • Carrickfergus
  • Cahir
  • Dublin
  • Kilkenny
  • Trim
  • Ross
  • Ormond
  • Slane

Top 10 List of Castles in Ireland

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