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Clogrennane (Clogrenan) Castle (in ruins)


The images above taken by Janet & Michael Brennan 2009

Image from Google Street View
Clogrenan House,
Clogrenan, Co Carlow

The images above taken by Janet & Michael Brennan 2009

Image from Dave09

The images above taken by Janet & Michael Brennan 2009

The images above taken by Janet & Michael Brennan 2009

Clogrennane House.
Source: Carloviana 2012 Front Cover
Map c.1837-39
Map supplied by J.J. Woods
Clogrennane Castle (ruins)


The archway pictured above and below can be seen quit clearly in this old photo which appeared in the book "Carlow See Ireland First". It also reveals how much of the castle has been demolished in the last 80 plus years.

Clogrennane Castle

As described in a 1930's tourist information book "Carlow See Ireland First". p.24-26.

On the other side of the Barrow is Clogrennan Castle, about two miles distant from Carlow. The old Castle at the entrance to the demesne was built by Sir. Edmond Butler (who had joined the great Earl of Desmond in his revolt) probably to guard the ford which crossed the Barrow at that point. In 1568 the castle withstood a remarkable siege when eight men held it against Sir Peter Carew. Near the ivy-covered ruin of the old castle a tunnel has been discovered, said to connect Clogrennan with White's Castle (the modern house on Graiguecullen Bridge is built on the site of this castle) .and Carlow Castle. A considerable stretch of wood covers part of the demesne of Clogrennan, but the road enclosing it, and winding up hill all the time, is well worth following. It is very steep, but the surface is good. Beyond Ballinbranna School, and, higher up again, at Bilboa, one must pause and look about at the wide stretch of varied scenery spread beneath. Here one sees the full extent of the Barrow Valley, surrounded by lofty chains of mountains. In the bosom of the valley hamlets and farmhouses dot the scene. The houses of Carlow town cluster down by the river, standing as it were, between the new and the old. The white concrete walls and roof of the Beet Factory gleam away to the far left, and at the right glowers the old Castle, battered by time and war and stupidity The old church of Cloydagh is now in ruins and surrounded by a burial ground within the Clongrennan demesne. It was built of chiselled granite, and, a beautiful Gothic window is still intact.

The following is from the 'Archaeological Inventory of County Carlow.' p. 65 & 89:

Medieval Ecclesiastical Sites
OS 7:13:1 (61,131) 'Church (in ruins), Graveyard' OD 300-400 26875,17295
Church and graveyard Undifferentiated late medieval parish church of Cloydagh. According to ITA Survey (1945), church attached to Augustinian Monastery of Great Connall, Co. Kildare. Remains consist of rectangular church (ext Dims 19.3m x 7.10m), of limestone rubble with granite quoins. Church has opposed N and S doorways and late medieval window with pointed arch of chamfered granite. Plain window in S wall of chancel. May incorporate parts of earlier structure, suggested by blocked narrow lintelled ope in N wall close to W end. Door in S wall formerly included face mask with bulbous features (possibly modern) on W jamb; arch and jamb now removed. Piscina with moulded granite surround at E end of S wall. Incorporated in W gable is stone with incised cross, of pre-Norman date.
7:39 15-1-1992
Castle Sites
OS 7:9:6 (160,193) 'Clogrennan Castle (in ruins)'
OD 100-200 26978,17362
Castle (site) Sited at former important crossing point on River Barrow. Sketch by Thomas Dineley (1680) shows large house of five floors, three decorative gables at front and crenellated parapet at sides. Sketch of 1790 shows ruins in remarkably similar condition to photograph taken in 1870. Derelict buildings surveyed in 1911, major part of which collapsed or were demolished in 1931. Original castle probably substantially rebuilt after Carew's seige of 1569. Present 'Gothic' style arch and windows probably belong to late eighteenth-century refurbishment which seems to have extended to church and graveyard to N (no. 547). In 1806 work commenced on Clogrenan House and former 'castle1 was transformed into entranceway to demesne. Unlikely that much of fifteenth- or sixteenth-century structure survived to 1911. Some overgrown foundations still survive, including small portion of entrance way, all of which appear to belong to eighteenth-century refurbishment.
(OSL 1839, 34-5; JKAS 1915-17, 56-62; JRSAl 1862-3, 42; OPW file)
7:33 18-8-1988
Source: Archaeological Inventory of County Carlow. P. 65 & 89
Source of Clogrennan Castle image: ebay

Clogrennan Castle once owned by - Kavanaghs (no date).
1490 - Castle purchased by - Earls of Arran, Dukes of Ormonde.
1568 - Castle taken by - Sir P. Carew from the Kavanaghs who then became tenants on the estate.
Sir Peter Carew (151427 November 1575) was a Devonshire adventurer, who served during the reign of Queen Elizabeth of England and became a controversial figure in the Tudor re-conquest of Ireland.

c1600 - Residence of - Sir E. Butler, 10th Duke of Ormonde.

1641 - Castle attacked by - Irish Rebels.

Source: The Castles of Ireland Leinster Province : County Carlow Compiled by Lee Johnson.

Clogrenan House,
Clogrenan, County Carlow.

Clogrenan house map

Clogrennane House.
Source: Carloviana 2012 Front Cover

An engraving by G. Allen showing part of the demesne surrounding the home of Colonel Rochfort. The engraving was made for a book entitled "The Medical Mentor; a new guide to fashionable watering places" by F. F. Hayden. It was published in Carlow by Richard Price in 1822.


The Rochfort family were established at Clogrenan, parish of Cloydagh, county Carlow, from the early 18th century. They acquired lands in the parish of Annaghdown, barony of Clare, county Galway, through the marriage in 1722 of John Rochfort and a daughter of Thomas Staunton, Member of Parliament. A sale rental dated 1856 of estates in counties Galway and Wexford shows that most of the county Galway lands were held in fee simple but some were held on a lease dated 9 April 1781 from John Skerrett to John Rochford. The county Galway estate included a townland in the parish of Ahascragh, barony of Killian, also recorded as the property of Col. Rochfort in the Ordnance Survey Field Name Books. The barony of Clare estate was bought by a branch of the Blake family. John Egan was agent for the Rochfort estate in the 1830s and held one of the townlands at the time of Griffith's Valuation.


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