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Barryscourt Castle - Carrigtwohill, County Cork
A restored tower house in Carrigtwohill in County Cork
Barryscourt castle is the 16th century seat of the Barry family. The present castle, with its largely intact bawn wall and corner towers, is a fine example of an Irish tower house.
Both the first floor Main Hall and the second floor Great Hall have been extensively restored with fittings and furnishings reinstated. The Orchard has been restored to an original 16th century design and an herb garden has been reinstated in the bawn.
The ground floor of the Tower House contains a dungeon into which prisoners were dropped via the 'drop-hole' located on the second floor.
The Barrys supported the Fitzgeralds of Desmond during the Irish rebellions of the late sixteenth century. To prevent it being captured by Sir Walter Raleigh and his army, the Barrys partially destroyed the Castle. During the Irish Confederate War of the seventeenth century Barryscourt Castle was once again successfully attacked. Cannon balls lodged in the wall above the Castle entrance bear witness to this conflict.
Directions to Barryscourt Castle
Located near the village of Carrigtwohill off the N25 (Cork to Youghal) road.
Sat Nav: 51.905094,-8.259745
Please Note: Picture is courtesy of photographic unit of the department of environment, heritage and local government.
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