Ireland's History in Maps
The Castles of Ireland
Leinster Province : County Carlow
Compiled by Lee Johnson
 
Early Stone Fortifications - Castles, Towers and Strong-Houses
(What, Where, Who and When? -- A work in progress)
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Castle Name Condition Description Early Founder(s) -- Time Period(s) Contructed Barony Parish/Townland Ord Residency Links
Ballinkillin Hill Fort Ruins Hill Fort -
Idrone East Lorum, Lorum S723563
Megalithomania Web Site: Ballinkillin -- http://www.megalithomania.com/show/site/334
Ballyhacket Lower Hill Fort
Hill Fort -
Rathvilly Kineagh, Ballyhacket Lower S831796
Megalithomania Web Site: Ballyhacket Lower -- http://www.megalithomania.com/show/site/100
Ballyloughan Castle (Ballylaugham, Baltylorgan) Ruin Castle - "It is a picturesque pile, and, though now roofless, is about 50 feet high, with projecting round towers in front, flanking the gateway, which is arched with hewn stone. The walls are about five feet thick, and the second floor, supported by an arch, still remains, and is gained by a flight of steps." 13th? -- Built by -- ???
14th -- Abandoned
16th -- Owned by -- Kavanagh Family
???? -- Residence of -- Donogh Kavanagh
???? -- Ownership transferred to -- Bagnal Family
19th -- Bought by -- Bruens
Idrone East Slyguff, Bagenalstown S746585 National Monument Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/slyguff.htm
Gazetteer (Pictures and History) -- http://cloghmore.bravepages.com/carlow/ballyloughan.html
Dark Isle: Castles and Fortifications of Ireland (Pictures and History) -- http://www.darkisle.com/ireland/indexcastles.html
Eibhilín a Rúin - Eilene Aroon (James F. Cavanaugh ) -- http://www.kavanaghfamily.com/articles/2002/jamesf20020531.htm
A History of Bagenalstown (Picture) -- http://www.bagenalstown-festival.com/history_bagenalstown.html
Ballymoon Castle Ruin Castle - "the ruins of the castle of the preceptory of the Knights Templars; the walls, which are 8 feet in thickness and 30 in height, enclose a square of 130 feet, flanked by four square towers, and having a gateway entrance on the west side." C13-14th - Built by - Roger Bigod or Carew Family Idrone East Slyguff, Bagenalstown S740615 National Monument Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/dunleck.htm
Gazetteer (Pictures and History) -- http://cloghmore.bravepages.com/carlow/ballymoon.html
Dark Isle: Castles and Fortifications of Ireland (Pictures and History) -- http://www.darkisle.com/ireland/indexcastles.html
IrelandsEyes.com : Ballymoon Castle, County Carlow -- http://www.irelandseye.com/aarticles/travel/attractions/castles/ballymc.shtm
A History of Bagenalstown (Picture) -- http://www.bagenalstown-festival.com/history_bagenalstown.html
Carlow Castle (1) Ruin Castle - "… historical evidence remains which records that Hugh de Lacy built a castle for him[John de Clahull] in Obargi, which can probably now be identified with the earth and timber fore-runner of Carlow Castle." 1180 - Constructed by - Hugh de Lacy for - John de Clahull Carlow Carlow, Carlow S715771
Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/carcounty.htm
Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/carlowtown.htm
Medieval Laois: Killeshin, Timahoe, Carlow Castle & Dunamase (History)-- http://www.rsai.ie/index.cfm?action=obj.display&obj_id=107
Dark Isle: Castles and Fortifications of Ireland (Pictures and History) -- http://www.darkisle.com/ireland/indexcastles.html
History of Carlow Castle -- http://www.rootsweb.com/~irlcar2/Carlow_Castle.htm
Database of Irish Excavation Reports -- http://www.excavations.ie/Pages/Details.php?Year=&County=Carlow&id=1943
Carlow Castle (2) Ruin Castle - "… consist only of one side of the quadrangle, at each end of which is one of the massive round towers that flanked its angles;... the length of the side from tower to tower is 105 feet. The walls are of very great thickness, and shew that it must have been a fortress of much strength" 1207 - Built by - William le Mareshal ,Earl of Pembroke and Lord of the Manor of Carlow
1306 - Given possession to - The Crown
???? - Given to - Thomas Plantagenet, Earl of Norfolk
1397 - Castle surprised and taken by - Donald McArt Kavanagh
1494 - Castle Attacked by - James Fitzgerald of Kildare
1534 - Castle taken by - Lord Thomas Fitzgerald ("the Silken Knight")
1537 - Possession taken by - The Crown
1577 - Town and castle attacked by - Rory Oge O'More
1616 - Castle Granted to - Donogh O'Brien, Earl of Thomond (by King James I)
1641-2 - Castle attacked by - Sir Morgan Kavanagh
1647 - Castle surrendered to - Thomas Preston
1650 - Castle damaged and surrenders to - Sir Hardress Waller (Oliver Cromwell's Republican army under General Ireton)
???? - Castle returned to - O'Brien Murrogh O'Brien, Earl of Thomond
1798 - Town and Castle assaulted by - Insurgents
1814 - Conversion to lunatic asylum causes 3 walls to fall. - Dr. Middleton
Carlow Carlow, Carlow S715771
Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/carcounty.htm
Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/carlowtown.htm
Medieval Laois: Killeshin, Timahoe, Carlow Castle & Dunamase (History)-- http://www.rsai.ie/index.cfm?action=obj.display&obj_id=107
Dark Isle: Castles and Fortifications of Ireland (Pictures and History) -- http://www.darkisle.com/ireland/indexcastles.html
Database of Irish Excavation Reports -- http://www.excavations.ie/Pages/Details.php?Year=&County=Carlow&id=1943
History of Carlow Castle -- http://www.rootsweb.com/~irlcar2/Carlow_Castle.htm
Castle Grace None Castle - ???? - Residence of - Grace Family (of Raymond le Gros) Rathvilly Tullow, Tullow

Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/carcounty.htm
Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/tullow.htm
Castlemore's Castle (Castlemore Moat) Ruin Castle - "Among the lands granted to him was the Barony of Forth O'Nolan in County Carlow, where he built a strong mote-and-bailey castle." C12th - Built by - Raymond le Gros Rathvilly Fennagh, Castlemore
National Monument Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/fennagh.htm
Castles of Ireland -- http://www.castlestoshamrocks.com/ruins_c.html
Castletown Castle (Bunclody Road) Full Tower-House - "A small 19th Tudor/Gothic house incorporating a truncated tower-house which was greatly altered by William Roberston in 1835." ???? - Owned by - Kavanaghs, Bagenals, George Carew and the Earl of Kildare
1780's - Owned by - Thomas "Buck" Whaley
1932 - Owned by - Monohan Family
Carlow Carlow, Carlow

Ballintemple: Towns, Castles, Monuments -- http://www.ballintemple.com/leisure/towns.html
Clogrennan Castle (Cloughgrennan, Sir Edmond's Castle) Ruin Castle - "… on the banks of the River Barrow is to be seen Clogrennan Castle, now in ruins and covered with ivy… ???? - Castle owned by - Kavanaghs
1490 - Castle purchased by - Earls of Arran, Dukes of Ormonde
1568 - Castle taken by - Sir P. Carew
c1600 - Residence of - Sir E. Butler, 10th Duke of Ormonde
1641 - Castle attacked by - Irish Rebels
Idrone West Cloydagh, Clogrenan

Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/counties/laois/hist/cloydagh.htm
Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/laois/laoiscounty.htm
Extract's from 'The History of the Queen's county': Parish of Cloydagh -- http://www.from-ireland.net/counties/laois/hist/cloydagh.htm
Ballin Temple History: The Butlers of Ballin Temple -- http://www.ballintemple.com/history/butler.html
Clonmore Castle Ruin Castle - "The ruins form three sides of a quadrangle, 170 feet square, of which the fourth has been demolished; at the angles are towers, and the whole was surrounded by a deep fosse, now filled up; several cabins have been built within the walls. " C13th - Built by - ????
1332 - Taken by - English
1516 - Captured by - Earl of Kildare
1598 - Captured by - Earl of Ormond
1650 - Taken by - Col. Hewson (Cromwell's Forces)
Rathvilly Clonmore, Clonmore S961762
Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/clmore.htm
Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/carcounty.htm
Gazetter -- http://cloghmore.bravepages.com/carlow/clonmorecastle.html
Go Ireland Web Site: Clonmore Castle And High Crosses -- http://www.goireland.com/scripts/Low/premises.asp?PremisesID=11655
Clonmullen castle None Castle - "… of which some traces were in existence about fifty years since, though now obliterated by the plough…" ???? - Residence of - Donell Spaniagh
C17th - in possession of - Sir Morgan Kavanagh
???? - Residence/Prison of? - Ellen Kavanagh
Forth Barragh, Clonmullen

Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/carcounty.htm
Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/barragh.htm
Nolan Ancestry -- http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~nolenancestry/page1.html
Clowater castle Ruins Castle - ".. 'there are. the remains of a castle in Clowater.' No stone of this castle now remains in situ, but men not above 60 years of age remember to have seen the walls standing to a height of 20 feet."
Idrone East Bagenalstown/Ballyellin, Clowater

Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/bellin.htm
Bagenalstown Parish Web Site -- http://www.bagenalstownparish.com/local_history.htm
Duckett’s Grove Partial* Castellated Mansion - "The mansion was later transformed into a spectacular castellated Gothic fantasy.." 1830 - Transformed by - Thomas A Cobden for J D Duckett
1933 - Main Building burned
Carlow Killerick or Killerrig, Rainstown S800791
Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/killerick.htm
Carlow Toiurism Web Site (Picture and Info) -- http://www.carlowtourism.com/castles.html
The Nationalist (Wednesday, October 13, 2004 ) --http://archives.tcm.ie/carlownationalist/2004/10/13/story22109.asp
Duckett's Grove, Carlow (Pictures and History) -- http://www.rootsweb.com/~irlcar2/ducket_grv.htm
Ask About Ireland: Architecture Gallery (Pictures) -- http://www.askaboutireland.ie/show_image_gallery.do?institution_id=4&topic_id=2
Friarstown castle Ruin Castle -
Carlow Killerick or Killerrig, Friarstown

Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/killerick.htm
Galbarstown Castle (Gilbertstown Castle) None Castle - C14th - Castle Taken by - Art Kavanagh McMurrogh
C14th - Castle dismantled by - O'Nolans, the Mac Murroughs, and the O'Birnes
Forth Gilbertstown, Gilbertstown

Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/carcounty.htm
A Popular History of Ireland: From the Earliest Priod to the Emancipation of the Catholics (By Thomas D'Arcy McGee) -- http://www.nalanda.nitc.ac.in/resources/english/etext-project/history/ireland/book-6chapter3.html
Garryhill Castle (Fennagh or Fenagh castle) Ruin House and Bailey - "His house would have been built of wooden structure "of clay and wattle made", the roof would have been thatched and surrounded by a kraal-like compound, housing a sizeable community of friends and followers." C14th - Residence of - Art Oge McMurragh [Kavanagh] (King of Leinster)
1394 - Attacked by - James II (King of England)
Idrone East Fennagh, Fennagh

Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/fennagh.htm
Castles to Shamrocks Web Site -- http://www.castlestoshamrocks.com/ruins_g.html
The Handstand: Borris House, The Story of Art McMurragh --http://www.thehandstand.org/archive/august2005/articles/mcmurragh.htm
Huntington Castle (Clonegal Castle) Full* Tower-House and Castellated Mansion - "Its three-storey four-bay castellated front seems hardly to have a straight line anywhere - the side walls gently leaning to one angle and the sash windows lying askew. The old core of Huntington Castle is a tower house built by Laurence..." 1625 - Rebuilt by - Laurence, Lord Esmonde
1640 - Occupied by - Cromwellian Forces
1849 - Inherited by - Alexander Durdin
1880 - House in possession of - Herbert Robertson
C20th - Owned by - Reverend Lawrence Durdin-Robertson (foundeer of The Fellowship of Isis)
St. Mullin's Upper Clonegal or Moyacomb, Clonegal

Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/cgaltown.htm
Carlow Tourism: Castles -- http://www.carlowtourism.com/castles.html
Ireland: The Emerald Isle -- http://www.stormpages.com/i/irishtour/code/huntcast.html
Go Ireland: Huntington Castle -- http://www.goireland.com/scripts/low/xq/asp/areaid.2968/areatype.T/cat.0/SubjectID.84/PremisesID.11715/qx/premises.htm
Fellowship of Isis (Pictures)-- http://www.fellowshipofisis.com
Kellystown Round Tower None Round Tower - "One of the ancient round towers stood here…" 1807 - Tower pulled Down Carlow Kellistown, Kellistown

Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/kellistown.htm
Kilbelle Castle (Kellystown Castle)? None Castle - C14th - Castle Taken by - Art Kavanagh McMurrogh
C14th - Castle dismantled by - O'Nolans, the Mac Murroughs, and the O'Birnes
Carlow Kellystown, Kellystown?

Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/carcounty.htm
A Popular History of Ireland: From the Earliest Priod to the Emancipation of the Catholics (By Thomas D'Arcy McGee) -- http://www.nalanda.nitc.ac.in/resources/english/etext-project/history/ireland/book-6chapter3.html
Leighlinbridge Castle (1) ("Black Castle", "Black Rock Castle") Ruin Castle - 1180 - built by - Hugh de Lacy
???? - Castle Granted to - John de Claville
1397 - Castle Taken by - Donald Mc Art [Kavanagh]
Idrone East Agha/Augha, Leighlinbridge
National Monument Carlow Town (Pigot & Co's Directory of 1824) -- http://www.rootsweb.com/~irlcar2/pigot_Directory_Carlow.htm
Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.booksulster.com/library/topog/l.php
Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/fennagh.htm
Carlow Tourism: Castles -- http://www.carlowtourism.com/castles.html
Choose Ireland: Leighlinbridge Castle -- http://www.chooseireland.com/carlow/leighlinbridge-castle.html
Go Ireland: Leighlinbridge Castle -- http://www.goireland.com/scripts/low/xq/asp/areaid.169/areatype.C/cat./SubjectID.77/PremisesID.11708/qx/premises.htm
Dark Isle: Castles and Fortifications of Ireland (Pictures and History) -- http://www.darkisle.com/ireland/indexcastles.html
Leighlinbridge Castle (2) (Black Castle, "Black Rock Castle", Castle of Laghlen) Ruin Castle - "...consisting of an oblong tower, about 50 feet high, completely capped with ivy; one of the floors resting on an arch is still remaining, and there is a flight of steps leading to the summit; it appears to have formed the north-western angle of a quadrangular enclosure, 315 feet in length and 234 feet wide, surrounded by a wall seven feet thick, with a fosse on the outside; part of the wall is standing on the west side, and at the south-eastern angle are the ruins of a round tower, the walls of which are ten feet in thickness." 1547 - Rebuilt by - Edward Bellingham
1577 - Submitted to Siege by - Rory Og O’Moore
1642 - 300 imprisoned English freed by - Duke of Ormond’s army
1650 - Castle falls to - Colonel Hewson (Under Cromwell)
Idrone East Agha/Augha, Leighlinbridge
National Monument http://www.carlowtourism.com/castles.html
http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/fennagh.htm
Dark Isle: Castles and Fortifications of Ireland (Pictures and History) -- http://www.darkisle.com/ireland/indexcastles.html
Lorum Castle None Castle -
Idrone East Lorum, Lorum

Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/carcounty.htm
Old Leighlin Castle None Tower-House - "Edw. II. granted ... certain customs to build a tower for the defence of the town…" 1310 - Grant given to - Ade Le Bretown
1399 - Succession to - Richard Rocomb
Idrone West Old Leighlin, Old Leighlin

Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.booksulster.com/library/topog/l.php
Rathlyon? (Rathlyn Castle) or Rathville Castle? None Castle - C14th - Castle Taken by - Art Kavanagh McMurrogh
C14th - Castle dismantled by - O'Nolans, the Mac Murroughs, and the O'Birnes
Rathvilly Tullow, Rathlyon or Rathville, Rathville

Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/carcounty.htm
A Popular History of Ireland: From the Earliest Priod to the Emancipation of the Catholics (By Thomas D'Arcy McGee) -- http://www.nalanda.nitc.ac.in/resources/english/etext-project/history/ireland/book-6chapter3.html
Rathnegeragh Castle (Ranegeragh Castle) Ruin Castle - "square gatehouse" ???? - Owned by - Kavanaghs Idrone East Fennagh/Fenagh, Rathnageeragh

Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/carcounty.htm
Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/fennagh.htm
Rathvilly Motte (Ráth Bhile, "ring fort of the trees", "the 'Great Mound' and circular moat") Ruin Ring Fort - C5th - Residence of - Crimthan, King of Leinster Rathvilly Rathvilly, Rathvilly S890818
Megalithomania Web Site: Rathvilly Motte -- http://www.megalithomania.com/show/site/324
Southeast Ireland Tourism: Towns & Villages in County Carlow > Rathvilly -- http://www.southeastireland.com/content.asp?id=64
St. Mullin's Round Tower None Round Tower - "The earliest remains are the very low stump of a Round Tower." 632 - Ancient monastery founded by - St. Moling, or St. Mullin
951 - Plundered by - Vikings
1138 - Church and Monastery burned
St. Mullin's Lower St. Mullins, S729380
Gazetteer (Picture and History) -- http://cloghmore.bravepages.com/carlow/stmullins.html
Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/stmullins.htm
Tullow Castle None Castle - "A 12th century motte castle." ???? - Castle erected by - Hugh de Lacy
???? - Caretaker of Castle - John de Hereford (later the King John 1st of England)
???? - Castle Granted to - Theobald Walter (the founder of the Butler family)
???? - Possession of - Col. Butler
1650 - Castle Taken by - Cols. Hewson and Reynolds
Rathvilly Tullow, Tullow S8574
Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/carcounty.htm
Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/tullow.htm
Tullow, County Carlow Web Site - http://www.tullowtown.com/
The Good Castle Guide - Ireland -- http://web.ukonline.co.uk/nigel.bacon/castles/data/ireland/t/tullow.htm
White Castle None Castle - "...another fortress, built by one of the Fitzgeralds, and named for distinction White castle." 1408 - Built by - Gerald, fifth Earl of Kildare [Fitzgerald]
1399 - Succession to - Richard Rocomb
Idrone East Agha/Augha, Leighlinbridge

Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.from-ireland.net/lewis/car/carcounty.htm
Samual Lewis (1837) -- http://www.booksulster.com/library/topog/l.php

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