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Ballymalis Castle, County Kerry

ballymalis-castle-0-7420385ballymalis-castle-0-7420385ballymalis-castle-1-9369544ballymalis-castle-4-5810034ballymalis-castle-5-7856743ballymalis-castle-8-5879935 Situated on the banks of River Luane, Ballymalis Castle is one of the standard tower castles of County Kerry. It is positioned about 4 miles from Killorglin on the road side, in the south towards main Killarney road. Presently, the Ballymalis Castle is a ruin and demensed in the form of a dispersed farmland with river Laune flowing at its edge. The castle has been named after a ford, which is located across the River Laune.

This majestic tower house is believed to have been erected in the early 16th century by the O’Moriartys, which was a reputed clan of Ireland. The renovation of the castle in the late 16th century made it a home to the Ferris family, which was believed to be the guardian of the Line of the Laune. Murrough McOwen Ferris was the sole proprietor of the entire estate during the era. In 1677, this magnificent manor was annexed and was granted to the Eagars.

Until the 19th century, the power and control of the castle was under Thomas Eager. During the mid of the century, he exchanged some adjoining Muckross lands with Edward Herbert for those of Ballyhar. Thomas’ younger son, John Eager was then sent to Ballyhar, whereas his elder son James Eager lived in the premises of this majestic monument. The castle, at the same time, was a home to Robert Hilliard, which caused its split into two. This rectangular tower house has been partly restored and today is reckoned for its alluring historic features.

The Ballymalis Castle is a four storey rectangular building with an attic in the gable. Standing at a height of 16.8 metre, the castle measures 5.3 metre by 10.1 metre and has 2.5 metre thick walls. The castle is constructed using large and small green stones as well as sand stones. Moreover, it is well-grouted with quoin stones, which are of limestone and chiselled. This mammoth estate features two wall bartizans each at the south-west and the north-east corners. These bartizans were built at the second storey, which aided in defence against close undermining. At the east end, there is a cross wall, which divides the castle into two unequal halves. This division displays eastern side as a tower and the other western half as a dwelling house. The west wall or the dwelling house comprises a latrine chute exit with the remains of a machicolation at the roof level.

A doorway, made of chiselled limestone, was erected at the east end in 1840. This doorway had 16 windows, all of different shapes including rectangular, round headed and pointed, which are beautifully decorated from outside. The large upper windows of the doorway were divided into four or six compartments by the chiselled limestone mullions. This doorway was connected to a spiral staircase, which leads to the roof of the castle. The room at the top floor of the castle has three-light mullioned and transomed windows in the north and south walls. The tallest mountain of Ireland, which is known as the Carrantuohill, can be clearly viewed from the top of the castle.

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Midleton, County Cork

midleton-0-6411724midleton-0-6411724midleton-2-3321182midleton-4-4810209 Originated in the heart of beautiful East Cork region, Midleton derived its name from Irish ‘Mainistir na Corann’ meaning ‘The Abbey of the Coir’ or “Monastery at the Weir”. This picturesque corner of the county has fascinating historical buildings, scenic places, stories, designer knitwear, interesting antiques along with fine dine to offer.

Dated back to its history to the 12th century, the town came into existence from a monastery which is founded by Cistercian monks. Later in the 19th century, the monastery got destroyed. Preserving much of its heritages like St John the Baptist Church, Jameson Heritage Center, Barryscourt Castle, Mills, Maltings, Warehouses and Kilns, the town beautifully showcase its history. Many of these historic buildings have been beautifully restored to preserve them and create as outstanding visual center.

The most prominent architectural jewel of the town is the Jameson Heritage Center, which started its life as woolen manufacturing unit in 1796. Later in 1820, the fine building was transformed to whiskey manufacturer by three brothers and afterward merged into Irish Distillers. Some of the stories also state that it was here only in Ireland which invented whiskey. Carefully restored, the distillery welcomes everyone to discover the magic of finest Irish whiskey in the relaxing atmosphere of its traditional pub.

Full of historical buildings, the town also has preserved lovingly the Middleton College. One of the oldest schools of Ireland, it is founded by Ellizabeth Villiers in 1696. With over an existence of 300 years, the school has maintained high academic achievements and gifted the world with some of the famed pupils. Another attraction of the town is the imposing red brick and terra-cotta structure, of the AIB bank that was built in 1899. Rose’s Coach Inn, Town Hall and other are some of the finest surviving examples of 17th century architecture.

Adding to the prominent features of the town is the St. John the Baptist Church. From the records dating back 1302, it is believed that the church was also the site of the Cistercian Abbey. Admired for its 166 ft spire, the Holy Rosary church also add to the same. Restored to its ancient glory with restaurants, craft shops and historical exhibitions, the Barryscourt Castle lies to the west of the town at Carrigtwohill. The castle served as a home to barry’s family from 12th to 17 the century.

Midleton’s surrounding is abundant with picturesque villages including Cloyne, which is also the site of the monastery founded by St. Coleman. It is also the location of the Round Towers, with one remaining of the two. Located on the beautiful coast is the Trabolgan holiday village, which is a thriving family fun resort. Turning east, 17th century Castlemartyr welcomes everyone with trout-stocked Lough Aderry. Driving to south one can find exquisite collection of knitwear and pottery in Shanagarry. Home of crafts, the village is also the birth place of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania State. Located to the north of the town is the Dungourney Open and Farm Museum, Cnoc A Ceo Leahy. These places beautifully displays the farm life as it used to be 100 years ago with horse drew machinery, old tools, gardens, animals and an operational water mill.

Midleton is a paradise for all the family with its rich cultural heritage, history, wealth of activities, angling, dine, relaxing walk and nightlife that bounds everyone to love the land.

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Oranmore Castle, County Galway

Splendid castles and monuments can be seen in almost every county and town of Ireland. Oranmore Castle situated in Oranmore town of County Galway showcases the history of this European country, Ireland with its unique elegance. Built possibly on the site of an older castle, Oranmore Castle belongs to the 15th century. This castle was under the strong hold of a well-known Norman family of Galway Clanricardes. Galway was under the control of the fifth Earl Clanricarde and the Marquess in the year 1641. In the year 1642, during the month of March, the Oranmore town joined the Confederate Ireland in a rebel against which the owners held out.

Until 1643 Clanricarde provisioned the Fort of Galway from the sea, thereafter Governor of Galway Captain Willoughby surrendered both castle and fort without the consent of Marquess. In 1651, the Oranmore Castle was surrendered to Parliamentary forces. Though the entire Marquess property was forfeited, his successor, the 6th Earl, got back most part of the property including the castle. The castle was then leased to Walter Athy in the year 1666, which was subsequently passed on to his descendents until 1853.  

In the year 1947, Oranmore Castle was purchased by Lady Leslie for £200 who got the castle reroofed as it had fallen into disrepair. Two story wings were added to the castle by Lady Leslie’s daughter. Viewed as outrageous, the castle was set alight in 1964 to provide heat during winters, due to which the new roof was reduced to ashes.

The Oranmore Castle is a rectangular tower house with four stories, a square staircase turret and gunloops on the bottom floor, presenting a mesmerizing view to the visitors. 

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Belvelly Castle, County Cork

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This castle has connections with various historical families, such as the Hodnetts, who built it. The glory that this castle brought to the family eventually ignited the envy of De Barry, another powerful aristocrat. He took the castle from the original occupants in the year 1329 with the help of his Irish and English friends as well as the Roches of Fermoy. The Hodnetts were then compelled to take on lease the same lands that they previously owned. In the 16th century, Hodnett’s Wood, a large portion of the Great Island located west of Belvelly was transferred from Edmund Hodnett to William MacCotter. One of the most famous owners of this castle has been Sir Walter Raleigh, a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, who was later assassinated after he lost the favour of Her Majesty.

Presently, this picturesque castle is on sale, and though the initial price was € 375,000, it dropped sharply to € 190,000. This four storey tower still has several original features are still intact, and can be turned into a plush three bedroom home. Its restoration would certainly require € 1-2 Million and a lot of time, since extensive restoration work is required in this 800 year old building. Upon conversion into a home, this castle will offer a total area of 3000 sq. ft. on the four floors, along with space for a store and a garage that can accommodate two cars. The deal is being conducted by Colliers-Jackson-Stops, who allow interior viewing only through their agents. However, people can admire the castle from outside by simply parking their cars at the convenient spots located near it.

Belvelly Castle is located at the site of Belvelly Bridge, which is located adjacent to Belvelly Channel that is overlooked by three of the five Martello towers. The bridge is an elegant stone arched piece of architecture and stands sturdily even now. The channel is a significant natural tidal mudflat area that is primarily famous for being thronged by several species of birds, thus a favourite of ornithologists. The water body has been deemed a Special Area of Conservation under the EU Habitats Directive.

It is situated just 5 miles from Cork City, quite near all amenities and oversees an enchanting view of nature. A famous site that is located near this castle is the Fota Aboretum, which is considered to be the best park of Ireland by numerous people. Subtropical trees from all over the world are planted in the park, which is located close to a wildlife park.

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