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All Castles in Ireland


All Castles in Ireland

Ireland is known for its castles. The Normans built most of the castles in Ireland between the 11th and 15th century. Some of the castles are still in tact and found new purpose such as Smarmore Castle.

There are tens of thousands of castles spread over Ireland, most of them are ruins, but still worth a visit. Find below a comprehensive list of Irish Castles and key details such as built date and current state.

List of Irish Castles in Alphabetical Order

A

Abbeyglen Castle

  • Built In: 1832 AD
  • Built By: John d’Arcy
  • Location: Clifden, County Galway, Ireland
  • Current Status: Taken over by Hughes family in 1969, it is currently one of the most prestigious hotels in Connemara region.
  • Source: https://www.abbeyglen.ie/

Adamstown Castle – Tower House

Adare Manor

  • Built In: Construction started by Windham Henry Quin in 1700s, current structure was completed in 1862.
  • Built By: Quinn Family
  • Location: AdareVillage, County Limerick, Ireland
  • Current Status: After being renovated in 1988-99, at present Adare Manor is a very popular luxury hotel and golf resort, currently it is owned by an Irish businessman J.P. McManus.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adare_Manor

Aghalard Castle

Aghamarta Castle

  • Built in: Original structure built in 12th century, current mansion built in 1830.
  • Built by: O’Grady family
  • Location: Aghamarta Town, County Cork, Ireland.
  • Current Status: Original structure lies in ruined state; the later constructed mansion is used as a school building.
  • Source: http://www.castles.nl/aghamarta-castle

Aghamhaoila Castle

Ahena Castle

Annaghs Castle

Annameadle Castle

Ardamullivan Castle

  • Built In: 16th Century
  • Built By: Uí Sheachnasaigh (O’Shaughnessy) Clan, rulers of the region known as Cenél Áeda na hEchtge
  • Location: Ardamullivan, County Galway, Ireland
  • Current Status: Owned by the State and currently an Irish National Monument
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardamullivan_Castle

Ardea Castle

Ardee Castle

Ardfinnan Castle

Ardgillan Castle

  • Built In: 1738 AD
  • Built By: Robert Taylor
  • Location: Balbriggan, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Current Status: Restored public property, owned and looked after by the Fingal County Council.
  • Source: https://ardgillancastle.ie/

Ardtermon Castle

  • Built In: 1648 AD
  • Built By: Sir Francis Gore
  • Location: Ardtarmon Castle, County Sligo, Ireland
  • Current Status: Private property owned by Holger & Erika Schiller, the castle now offers state of the art luxury self-catering accommodation for guests.
  • Source: https://ardtarmoncastle.com/

Artane/Artaine Castle

  • Built In: No Data Available
  • Built By: No Data Available
  • Location: Artane Village, Leinster, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Current Status: The ruins of the castle were taken down in 1825, and on its site Artane House was erected.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artane,_Dublin

Ashford Castle

  • Built In: 1228 AD
  • Built By: Anglo-Norman De Burgo family
  • Location: Near Cong Village, County Mayo & County Galway Border, Ireland
  • Current Status: Restored and currently used as a Victorian style five-star hotel, owned by Red Carnation Hotels
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashford_Castle

Ashtown Castle

  • Built In: 15th Century
  • Built By: No Data Available
  • Location: Phoenix Park, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Current Status: Currently owned by the state, being used as a part of the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashtown_Castle

Askeaton Castle

Athenry Castle

  • Built In: 1235-1250 AD
  • Built By: Builder of the original structure unknown, later extensions were made by Anglo-English lord Meyler de Bermingham, the founder of Atherny.
  • Location: Athenry Town, County Galway, Ireland
  • Current Status: Currently an Irish National Monument, Owned by the State
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athenry_Castle

Athgoe Castle

Athlone Castle

Aughnanure Castle

The 10 best Irish Castles to visit include Malahide Castle, Ross Castle, Kilkenny Castle, Dublin Castle, Dunluce Castle, Trim Castle, Cahir Castle, Doe Castle, Ashford Castle and Rock of Cashel.

B

Bailieborough Castle

Baldwinstown Castle

Ballaghmore Castle

  • Built In: 1480 AD
  • Built By: Gaelic Chieftain MacGiollaphadraig (now called Fitzpatrick), meaning son of the servant of Patrick.
  • Location: Ballaghmore Town, County Laois, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned by Gráinne Ní Cormac, available on rent for weddings and private parties.
  • Source: www.castleballaghmore.com/

Ballea Castle

Ballinacarriga Castle

Ballinafad Castle

Ballinalacken Castle

Ballincollig Castle

Ballindooley Castle

Ballinafad Castle

Ballingarry Castle

Ballinlaw Castle

Ballinlough Castle

  • Built In: 1614 AD
  • Built By: The O’Reilly family
  • Location: Clonmellon Town, County Westmeath, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately Owned by Baronet Nugents, the property has hosted many music concerts during last few years.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballinlough_Castle

Ballinskelligs Castle

Ballintober Castle

Ballintotis Castle

Ballyadams Castle

Ballybeg Castle

  • Built In: 1229 AD
  • Built By: The De Barry’s (an Anglo-Norman family)
  • Location: Buttevant Town, County Cork, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in Ruined State
  • Source: http://www.castles.nl/ballybeg-castle

Ballybunion Castle

Ballybur Castle

  • Built In: 1588 AD
  • Built By: Richard Comerford
  • Location: Ballybur Lane, Cuffsgrange, County Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Current Status: Restored as a luxury hotel, available for weddings and private parties.
  • Source: www.ballyburcastle.com/history/

Ballycanvan Castle

Ballycarbery Castle

  • Built In: 16th Century
  • Built By: No Data Available
  • Location: Cahersiveen Town, County Kerry, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in ruined state, still visitors can watch the structure from the parking lot in front of the castle.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballycarbery_Castle

Ballycarty Castle

Ballyclogh Castle

Ballyconnell Castle

Ballycowan Castle

  • Built In: 1589 AD
  • Built By: Thomas Morres
  • Location: Ballycowan village, County Offaly, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in ruined state, the historic landmark is open to the public visits.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballycowan_Castle

Ballyfinboy Castle

Ballygrennan Castle

  • Built In: 13th Century
  • Built By: The DeLacys
  • Location: Meadagh, County Limerick, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in ruined state, an Irish historic landmark open for public visits.
  • Source: http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000738448

Ballyhack Castle

Ballyhannon Castle, also known as Castlefergus Castle

  • Built In: 15th Century
  • Built By: By Hugh, and possibly Síoda, sons of Donnchadh MacNamara
  • Location: Quin Village, County Clare, Ireland
  • Current Status: Preserved as a National Monument, also available on rent for weddings and private parties.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballyhannon_Castle

Ballyhealy Castle

Ballyheigue Castle

  • Built In: No Data Available
  • Built By: No Data Available
  • Location: Ballyheigue Village, County Kerry, Ireland
  • Current Status: Main structure lies in ruined state; the surrounding property is used as a nine-hole golf course.
  • Source: www.archiseek.com/2012/1812-ballyheigue-castle-co-kerry/

Ballyhooly Castle

Ballyloughan Castle

Ballymaclode Castle

Ballymalis Castle

  • Built In: Early 16th Century
  • Built By: Ó Muircheartaigh (O’Moriartys)
  • Location: Ballymalis Village, County Kerry, Ireland
  • Current Status: Partially restored and open to public visits, also an Irish National Monument.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballymalis_Castle

Ballymaloe Castle

Ballymarkahan Castle

Ballymoon Castle

Ballymore Castle

Ballymote Castle

Ballynahinch Castle

  • Built In: 1684 AD
  • Built By: The Martyn Family
  • Location: Connemara, County Galway, Ireland
  • Current Status: Used as a luxury castle hotel, 700-acre property include woodlands, rivers and walks along the 12 Bens Mountain Range.
  • Source: https://www.ballynahinch-castle.com/

Ballynahow Castle

  • Built In: 1500-1550 AD
  • Built By: Purcell Family, an Old English Family who held the title of Baron of Loughmoe.
  • Location: Ballynahow, County Tipperary, Ireland
  • Current Status: Irish National Monument open to public visits.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballynahow_Castle

Ballynamona Castle

Ballyowen Castle

Ballyportry Castle

  • Built In: 15th Century
  • Built By: The O’Brien Family
  • Location: Ballyportry, County Clare, Ireland
  • Current Status: Used as a hotel that offers complete experience of a medieval Gaelic Tower House.
  • Source: www.ballyportry.ie/

Ballyquirk Castle

  • Built In: No Data Available
  • Built By: No Data Available
  • Location: Ormond Lower, County Tipperary, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in ruined state, the castle appears on North Tipperary County Council’s Record of Protected Structures.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballyquirk

Ballyragget Castle

Ballyrobert Castle

Ballyseede Castle

  • Built In: 15th Century
  • Built By: Fitzgeralds, Earls of Desmond
  • Location: Ballyseede, County Kerry, Ireland
  • Current Status: Turned into a luxury castle hotel.
  • Source: http://www.ballyseedecastle.com/

Ballyshannon Castle

  • Built In: 15th Century
  • Built By: Niall Garbh Ó Domhnaill
  • Location: Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland.
  • Current Status: Castle structure was demolished in 1720, the site is used as a market for selling farm products.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballyshannon_Castle

Ballysheedy Castle

  • Built In: No Data Available
  • Built By: No Data Available
  • Location: Donohill Village, County Tipperary, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in Ruined State
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donohill

Ballyteigue Castle

Balrothery Castle

Barberstown Castle

Bargy Castle

  • Built In: Around 1400 AD
  • Built By: The Norman Settlers
  • Location: Tomhaggard Village, County Wexford, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned, converted into a luxury castle hotel.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bargy_Castle

Barmeath Castle

Barnakile Castle

Barntown Castle

  • Built In: No Data Available
  • Built By: No Data Available
  • Location: Barntown, County Wexford, Ireland
  • Current Status: Demolished and turned into a Georgian Mansion, privately owned by the Joyce Family. The castle ruins are used as cattle shelters.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barntown_Castle

Barretstown Castle

Barryscourt Castle

Baymount Castle

Beagh Castle

Belgard Castle

Belleek Castle

  • Built In: 1825-1831 AD
  • Built By: Sir Arthur Francis Knox-Gore
  • Location: Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland
  • Current Status: Converted into a 3-star luxury hotel and is managed by Paul Doran and Ms. Maya Nikolaeva.
  • Source: https://www.belleekcastle.com/history.html

Belvelly Castle

Birr Castle

  • Built In: 1170 AD
  • Built By: No Data Available
  • Location: Birr Town, County Offaly, Ireland
  • Current Status: Castle is not open to public but the surrounding gardens are open to visitors, it is home to the 7th Earl of Rosse.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birr_Castle

Black Castle

Blackrock Castle

Blarney Castle

  • Built In: 1210 (Original Structure)
  • Built By: MacCarthys of Muskerry
  • Location: Blarney, County Cork, Ireland
  • Current Status: Partial ruins, open to tourists, privately owned by Sir Charles St John Colthurst, Baronet.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blarney_Castle

Blundell Castle

Bourchier’s Castle

Bremore Castle

  • Built In: 14th Century
  • Built By: The Norman Barnewalls Family
  • Location: Balbriggan, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Current Status: Under Repair (Repairs are being carried out by the Parks Department of Fingal County Council and the Balbriggan and District Historical Society)
  • Source: www.aboutireland.ie/bremore-castle.htm

Bullock Castle

Bunratty Castle

  • Built In: 1425 AD
  • Built By: The MacNamara Family
  • Location: Bunratty, County Clare, Ireland
  • Current Status: The castle and surrounding park are run by Shannon Heritage Group, it is a very popular tourist attraction in Ireland. It is also a national monument of Ireland.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunratty_Castle

Burnchurch Castle

  • Built In: 15th Century
  • Built By: The Fitzgeralds of the house of Desmond
  • Location: Burnchurch, County Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Current Status: Well preserved tower house is a National Monument and popular tourist spot in Ireland.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burnchurch_Castle

Burt Castle

Buttevant Castle

Why are there so many castles in Ireland? Over the period of several centuries castles have been built initially for defensive reasons, but later also as family estates. The Normans brought the know how to build stone castles to Ireland in the 11th and 12th century.

C

Cabra Castle

  • Built In: Early 19th Century
  • Built By: The Foster Family
  • Location: Mullantra, Kingscourt, County Cavan, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned by Corscadden family who have turned it into a four-star luxury hotel. It is a very popular destination for hosting weddings and conferences.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabra_Castle

Caheradangan Castle

Caherconnell Stone Fort

Cahir Castle

  • Built In: 1142 AD
  • Built By: Conor O’Brien, Prince of Thomond
  • Location: Townparks, Cahir, County Tipperary, Ireland
  • Current Status: Owned and managed by the Office of Public Works, this Irish National Monument is open to public visits and tours.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cahir_Castle

Carbury Castle

Cargin Castle

  • Built In: 13th Century
  • Built By: Adam Gaynard III
  • Location: Clydagh, Headford, County Galway, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned, after lying in ruins for many decades it was restored in 1970’s.
  • Source: https://visitgalway.ie/cargin-castle/

Carlow Castle

  • Built In: Between 1207 and 1213 AD
  • Built By: William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke
  • Location: Graigue, County Carlow, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in ruined state, an Irish National Monument, open for public visits.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlow_Castle

Carrickabraghy Castle

  • Built In: No Data Available
  • Built By: No Data Available
  • Location: Carrickabraghy, County Donegal, Ireland
  • Current Status: Partially restored, it is considered of significant importance to both local and national Irish history.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrickabraghy_Castle

Carrickmines Castle

  • Built In: Middle Ages
  • Built By: Norman Settlers
  • Location: Carrickmines, County Dublin, ireland
  • Current Status: A natinal highway has been built over the castle ruins. An archaeology project retrieved around 40,000 artefacts from the castle site.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrickmines_Castle

Carrigacunna Castle

D

Dalkey Castle

  • Built In: Around 1390 AD
  • Built By: Early Normans
  • Location: Dún Laoghaire Town, County Rathdown, Ireland
  • Current Status: Dalkey Castle is converted into a heritage centre and it is a very popular tourist attraction in Ireland.
  • Source: http://www.dalkeycastle.com/about/dalkey-town/

Dangan Castle

  • Built In: Early 1700s AD
  • Built By: Richard Colley
  • Location: Summerhill Village, County Meath, Ireland
  • Current Status: After a fire damaged the castle building in 1809 AD, it was left abandoned and has fallen into ruined state.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dangan_Castle

Darver Castle

Davis’ Castle

Deel Castle

  • Built In: 16th Century
  • Built By: The Bourkes
  • Location: Crossmolina Town, County Mayo, Ireland
  • Current Status: After it was burnt down in 1922, no care was taken to restore it, it now lies in a ruined state.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deel_Castle

Derrinlaur Castle

Derryquin Castle

Desmond Castle

  • Built In: 1500 AD
  • Built By: Maurice FitzGerald, 9th Earl of Desmond
  • Location: Kinsale Town, County Cork, Ireland
  • Current Status: Owned by Irish State, the castle is restored and maintained by Office of Public Works. It also has the International Museum of Wine in its premises and is open for public visits.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desmond_Castle

Doe Castle/CaisleánnadTuath

  • Built In: 16th Century
  • Built By: Clan Suibhne
  • Location: Near Creeslough Village, County Donegal, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned and well maintained
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doe_Castle

Donamon Castle

Built In: 1232 AD

Built By: Connacht Family

Location: Donamon, County Roscommon, Ireland

Current Status: Owned and managed by Divine Word Missionaries, surrounding area is used as a training campus by the Irish Wheelchair Association.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donamon_Castle

Donegal Castle

Donore Castle

  • Built In: 1429-1439 AD
  • Built By: Mac Eochagáin (McGeoghegans)
  • Location: North bank of the Boyne, County Meath, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in ruined state, an Irish National Monument.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donore_Castle

Doon Castle

  • Built In: No Data Available
  • Built By: Early Norman Settlers
  • Location: Parish of Aughagower, Westport, County Mayo, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in Ruined State
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doon_Castle

Doonagore Castle

  • Built In: 16th Century
  • Built By: Tadgh (Teigue) MacTurlough MacCon O’Connor
  • Location: Doolin Village, County Clare, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned by Gorman Family and used as a holiday home, public visits are not allowed.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doonagore_Castle

Doonbeg Castle

Dough Castle

Drimnagh Castle

  • Built In: 15th Century
  • Built By: No Data Available
  • Location: Drimnagh, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Current Status: Owned and restored by Gaelic Athletic Association. Open to public for guided tours, also available on rent for weddings and other corporate events.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drimnagh_Castle

Dripsey Castle

Drishane Castle

  • Built In: 1436-50 AD
  • Built By: The MacCarthy (Mac Cárthaigh) Clan
  • Location: Drishane More, Millstreet, County Cork, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned by the Duggan Family, an Irish National Monument.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drishane_Castle

Dromagh Castle

Dromaneen Castle

Dromoland Castle

Built In: Originally in 15th or 16th Century, present building in 1835 AD.

Built By: Thomas, the son of Shane Mac Anerheny

Location: Newmarket-on-Fergus Village, County Clare, Ireland

Current Status: Converted into a Five-Star luxury hotel and golf course, a winner of Michelin star in 1995.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dromoland_Castle

https://www.dromoland.ie/

Dromore Castle

Drumboe Castle

Drumcondra Castle

Duarrigle Castle

Dublin Castle

  • Built In: 1169 AD
  • Built By: Meilyr FitzHenry, a Cambro-Norman nobleman and Lord Chief Justice of Ireland.
  • Location: Dame Street, Dublin City, Ireland
  • Current Status: Owned by the Irish State and used as a major government building and conference centre, a major tourist attraction open for public visits.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin_Castle
  • http://www.dublincastle.ie/

Dunasead Castle

Dunbeg Fort

Dunboy Castle

  • Built In: No Data Available
  • Built By: Gaelic Clan
  • Location: Dunboy, Castletown-Bearhaven, County Cork, Ireland
  • Current Status: After it was burnt by Irish republican army in 1920, it now lies in ruined state.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunboy_Castle

Dundareirke Castle

Dunganstown Castle

Dungarvan Castle

Dunguaire Castle

Dungulph Castle

Dunhill Castle

Dunkerron Castle

Dunloe Castle

Dunlough Castle, or Three Castles Head

Dunmahon Castle

Dunmanus Castle

  • Built In: 1430 AD
  • Built By: Donogh More O’Mahony
  • Location: Dunmanus, Dunmanus East, County Cork, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in Ruined State
  • Source: http://www.castles.nl/dunmanus-castle

Dunsandle Castle

  • Built In: 15th Century
  • Built By: De Burgo (Burke) Family,
  • Location: Athenry Town, County Galway, Ireland
  • Current Status: Restored, the castle and surrounding woods are open for public visits.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunsandle_Castle

Dunsany Castle

  • Built In: 1180-1181 AD
  • Built By: Hugh de Lacy, Lord of Meath, 4th Baron Lacy
  • Location: Dunsany, County Meath, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned and restored, it is open for visits after taking permission from the current owners.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunsany_Castle_and_Demesne

Dunsoghly Castle

  • Built In: 1450 AD
  • Built By: Sir Thomas Plunket, Chief Justice of the Irish Common Pleas
  • Location: Dunsoghly, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned, uninhabited, the building is also an Irish National Monument.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunsoghly_Castle

Durhamstown Castle

  • Built In: Early 15th Century
  • Built By: No Data Available
  • Location: Durhamstown, Bohermeen, County Meath, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned by Dave and Sue Prickett who have converted it into a guest house and restaurant. It is one of the oldest and continuously inhabited castles in Ireland.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durhamstown_Castle

Which is the largest castle in Ireland? Trim Castle is considered to be the largest Irish Castle. Built by the Normans the castle is located at the south bank of the River Boyne in Trim, County Meath, Ireland. Trim Castle has an area of 30,000 m2.

E

Enniscorthy Castle

Eustace’s Castle (Barretstown Castle)

Eyrecourt Castle

F

Faithlegg Castle

Farney Castle

  • Built In: 1185 AD (Initial Castle Building)
  • Built By: Present round tower was built in 1495 by Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond
  • Location: Holycross Abbey, County Tipperary, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned by the Irish international designer, Cyril Cullen, where his famous handmade knitwear designs and fine porcelains are produced and sold in the castle shop.
  • Source: www.tipperary.com/farney-castle

Fassaroe Castle

Feartagar Castle (Also called Jennings Castle)

  • Built In: 15th-17th Century
  • Built By: De Burgos (Burkes, de Búrca). Descendants of William de Burgh
  • Location: Castlegrove East, County Galway, Ireland
  • Current Status: Irish National Monument, open for public visits.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feartagar_Castle

Feddans Castle

Ferns Castle

Ferrycarrig Castle

http://www.britainirelandcastles.com/Ireland/County-Wexford/Ferrycarrig-Castle.html

Fiddaun Castle

Foulksrath Castle

Fox’s Castle

Freagh Castle

G

Garbally Castle

  • Built In: 1500-1600 AD
  • Built By: Malachy O’Kelly
  • Location: Skehana Village, County Galway, Ireland
  • Current Status: Partially destroyed and lies in ruined state, only NE section of the original castle remain visible.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garbally_Castle

Garryvoe Castle

  • Built In: 16th Century
  • Built By: Carew Family
  • Location: Lower, Garryvoe, County Cork, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in ruined state, privately owned, can be visited after taking permission from the current land owner.
  • Source: http://www.castles.nl/garryvoe-castle

Glen Castle (Dun Donnell)

Glenart Castle

Glengarriff Castle

Gleninagh Castle

Glenveagh Castle

  • Built In: 1870 – 1873 AD
  • Built By: Captain John George Adair
  • Location: Churchill, County Donegal, Ireland
  • Current Status: Open for public as a Tourist place (Lies within the boundaries of the Glenveagh National Park)
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenveagh_Castle

Glin Castle

  • Built In: 1780’s AD
  • Built By: John Bateman FitzGerald
  • Location: Glin Demesne, County Limerick, Ireland
  • Current Status: Converted into a luxury castle hotel, also well known for its gardens and golf course.
  • Source: https://www.glin-castle.com/our-history/

Glinsk Castle

  • Built In: Mid-17th Century (Begun C. 1628)
  • Built By: Ulick Burke
  • Location: Glinsk, County Galway, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in ruined state and an Irish National Monument, open for public visits.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glinsk,_County_Galway

Gorteens Castle

Gortmore Castle

 Gortnaclea Castle

Gowran Castle

  • Built In: 1385 AD
  • Built By: James Butler
  • Location: Gowran, County Kilkenny, Ireland.
  • Current Status: Privately owned, Manor building fully restored between 2013-2014.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gowran_Castle

Granagh Castle

Gregans Castle

H

Hackett Castle

Hatch’s Castle

Hope Castle

  • Built In: Initial structure built in 1607, current building built around 1780’s.
  • Built By: Sir Edward Blayney
  • Location: Castleblayney Town, County Monaghan, Ireland
  • Current Status: Burned down during an arson attack in 2010.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hope_Castle

Howth Castle

  • Built In: 1180 AD
  • Built By: St. Lawrence Family
  • Location: Howth Village, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Current Status: Converted into a hotel and golf course, some part of the castle is used by the National Transport Museum of Ireland.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howth_Castle

Huntington Castle

  • Built In: 1625 AD
  • Built By: Caviness Family
  • Location: Clonegal, County Carlow, Ireland.
  • Current Status: Used as a hotel, castle and its gardens are open to public for guided tours. It is also known for a well in the premises that never runs dry. There are also some myths about ghosts of druids to roam around the castle property.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntington_Castle,_Clonegal

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Ightermurragh Castle

Inchiquin Castle

Irishtown Castle

Isert Kelly Castle

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Johnstown Castle

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Kanturk Castle

Kilbline Castle

  • Built In: 14-15th Century
  • Built By: Thomas Comerford of Ballymac
  • Location: Parish of Tullaherin, County Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned by the Lannons and used as a Family home.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilbline_castle

Kilbolane Castle

  • Built In: 15-16th Century
  • Built By: Anglo-Normans
  • Location: Milford Village, County Cork, Ireland.
  • Current Status: Lies in ruined state, although some parts of the castle are maintained by Board of Works.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilbolane_Castle

Kilbrittain Castle

  • Built In: 1035 AD
  • Built By: Cian, Grandson of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland
  • Location: Bawnea, Kilbrittain, County Cork, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned by Cahill O Brien Family who have converted it into a luxury hotel.
  • Source: http://www.everycastle.com/Kilbrittain-Castle.html

Kilcash Castle

  • Built In: 16th Century
  • Built By: Suggested to be built by some member of the Butler Dynasty
  • Location: West of Ballydine, County Tipperary, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in ruined state, cared and owned by Irish State.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilcash_Castle

Kilcaskan Castle

  • Built In: Around 1760 AD
  • Built By: The Daunt Family
  • Location: Kilcaskan, Ballineen, County Cork, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned, open to public visits in summer season.
  • Source: http://www.castles.nl/kilcascan-castle

Kilcolgan Castle

Kilcor Castle

Kilcrea Castle

  • Built In: 1465 AD
  • Built By: Cormac Láidir Mór, Chief of the McCarthy Clan
  • Location: Kilcrea Friary, Near Ovens, County Cork, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in ruined state, privately owned and the property is used as a cattle farm. It is listed as a protected structure by the Cork County Council.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilcrea_Castle

Kildare Castle

Kildavnet Castle

Kilgobbin Castle

Kilkea Castle

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkoe Castle, also known as Jeremy Irons’ Castle

Killaghy Castle

Killahara Castle

Killeen Castle

Killininny Castle, Firhouse

Killua Castle

Kilmeaden Castle

Kilmurry Castle

Kilronan Castle

Kiltanon Castle

Kilteel Castle

Kiltegan Castle (Humewood Castle)

Kiltimon Castle

Kindelstown Castle

King John’s Castle

Kinlough Castle

  • Built In: Original structure in 13th Century, current tower house in 16th Century.
  • Built By: Sir John FitzOliver Burke
  • Location: Kinlough, County Mayo, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in ruined state, an Irish National Monument.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinlough_Castle

Kinnitty Castle

Knappogue Castle

  • Built In: 1467 AD, expanded in 19th Century
  • Built By: Seán Mac Conmara, son of Sioda MacNamara
  • Location: Quin Rd, Knopoge, Ennis, County Clare, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned by Shannon Development, it is used as a venue for weddings and banquets. Visitors are also offered with guided tour of the estate.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knappogue_Castle

Knockabbey Castle

Knockdrin Castle

Knockgraffan Castle

Knocklyne (Knocklyon) Castle

Kylemore Abbey

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Lackeen Castle

  • Built In: 12th Century
  • Built By: The O’Kennedy Family
  • Location: Abbeville Townland, County Tipperary, Ireland
  • Current Status: State owned, well maintained, Irish National Monument open for public visits.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lackeen_Castle

Lambay Castle

Lanestown Castle

Leamaneh Castle

Leap Castle

  • Built In: 13th– 15th Century
  • Built By: The O’Bannon Clan
  • Location: Coolderry, County Offaly, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned by musician Seán Ryan, restoration work still carried out.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leap_Castle

Leighlinbridge Castle (Black Castle of Leighlinbridge)

Leixlip Castle

  • Built In: 1172 AD
  • Built By: King John
  • Location: Leixlip, County Kildare, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned, still inhabited, a popular tourist attraction.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leixlip

Lisheen Castle

Lismore Castle

  • Built In: 1753 AD
  • Built By: Earls of Desmond
  • Location: Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland
  • Current Status: Owned by Peregrine Cavendish, 12th Duke of Devonshire. The castle gardens are open to public access.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lismore_Castle

Lisnacullia Castle

Listowel Castle

Lohort Castle

Lough Rynn Castle

  • Built In: 1247 AD
  • Built By: Lough Rynn
  • Location: On the shores of Lough Rynn, County Leitrim, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately Owned, converted into a luxury castle hotel and restaurant. Also popular for its surrounding gardens.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lough_Rynn_Castle

Loughmoe Castle

Lumbard´s Castle

  • Built In: 15th- 16th Century
  • Built By: The Lombard Family
  • Location: Buttevant Town, County Cork, Ireland
  • Current Status: Left abandoned, not in use and closed for public visits.
  • Source: http://www.castles.nl/lombard-castle

Luttrellstown Castle

  • Built In: 1420 AD
  • Built By: The eponymous and notorious Luttrell Family
  • Location: Clonsilla, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Current Status: Restored, converted as a luxurious castle resort, club house and golf course.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luttrellstown_Castle

Lynches Castle (Summerhill)

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MacDermott’s Castle

MacGrath’s Castle

Macroom Castle

Malahide Castle

Mallow Castle

Manorhamilton Castle

Markree Castle

Maudlin Castle

  • Built In: Early 16th Century
  • Built By: No Data Available
  • Location: Maudlin Street, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Current Status: Intact Castle Tower, also an Irish National Monument
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maudlin_Castle

Maynooth Castle

  • Built In: 1203 AD
  • Built By: Gerald Fitzmaurice (1st Lord of Offaly)
  • Location: Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in ruined state, an Irish National Monument. Open to public with limited access to the structure.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maynooth_Castle

Menlow Castle

Merrion Castle

Milltown Castle

Mistletoe Castle

Mitchelstown Castle

Mogeely Castle

Moher Castle / Moher Tower

  • Built In: 1803–1815 AD
  • Built By: No Data Available
  • Location: Southern end of the Cliffs of Moher, located in County Clare, Ireland.
  • Current Status: Lies in Ruined State
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moher_Tower

Monanimy Castle

Monellan Castle

  • Built In: 18th Century
  • Built By: The Delap Family (Scot Origin)
  • Location: Killygordon, County Donegal, Ireland
  • Current Status: Non-existent, the Castle was demolished by Irish Government under Irish Land Commission in 1930s, the land was later redistributed to the local tenant farmers.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monellan_Castle

Mongavlin Castle

Monivea Castle

  • Built In: Around mid-1800 AD
  • Built By: Ffrench Family, one of the fourteen Tribes of Galway
  • Location: Monivea Demesne, Monivea, County Galway, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in ruined state, open for public visits
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monivea_Castle

Monkstown Castle

Moorstown Castle

  • Built In: 15th Century
  • Built By: James Keating, an ally of the Earl of Ormond
  • Location: West of Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned, lies in ruined state.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moorstown_Castle

Mountain Castle

Mountgarret Castle

Mountlong Castle

Moydow Castle

Moydrum Castle

  • Built In: 1814 AD
  • Built By: Handcock, 1st Baron Castlemaine
  • Location: Moydrum, County Westmeath, Ireland
  • Current Status: Destroyed and burned down by Irish Republican Army in 1921.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moydrum_Castle

Moygara Castle

Moyode Castle

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Nenagh Castle

Newtown Castle

  • Built In: 1550 AD
  • Built By: The O’Brien clan
  • Location: Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland
  • Current Status: Open to public on weekdays and is part of the Burren College of Art.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newtown_Castle

Nugent Castle

  • Built In: 1181 AD
  • Built By: Hugh de Lacy, Lord of Meath, for his brother-in-law, Sir Gilbert de Nugent
  • Location: Delvin, County Westmeath, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in Ruined State
  • Source: http://nugentcastle.homestead.com/

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O’Brien’s Tower

O’Dea Castle

  • Built In: 1470-1490 AD
  • Built By: Diarmaid O’Dea, Lord of Cineal Fearmaic
  • Location: Corofin, County Clare, Ireland
  • Current Status: Used as the Dysert O’Dea Castle Archaeology Centre
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O%27Dea_Castle

O’Doherty Castle

Oldcourt Castle, Bray

Oranmore Castle

  • Built In: 15th Century
  • Built By: The Clanricardes, a notable Family from Galway
  • Location: Oranmore, County Galway, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned, fallen in disrepair.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oranmore_Castle

Ormonde Castle

  • Built In: Mid-15th Century
  • Built By: The Butler Family
  • Location: Carrick on Suir, County Tipperary, Ireland
  • Current Status: Owned by the state, historic structures partially restored.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ormonde_Castle

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Parkavonear Castle

  • Built In: 13th Century
  • Built By: The Anglo-Normans
  • Location: Aghadoe, County Kerry, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in ruined state, owned by the state, looked after by office of public works.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkavonear_Castle

Parke’s Castle

Portlick Castle

  • Built In: 1185 AD
  • Built By: The Norman Family of De Lion (later called Dillon), under the charter of King John
  • Location: Glasson village, County Westmeath, Ireland
  • Current Status: According to latest reports the owner is an out-of-country businessman who lives in Portlick Castle for six weeks per year during the winter and rest of the 46 weeks; it can be rented for 1,000 Euros per night.
  • Source: www.castlesinireland.com/castle-in-westmeath-portlick-castle-westmeath/

Portrane (Stella’s Tower)

Portumna Castle

Puck’s Castle

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Raphoe Castle

Rappa Castle

Rathberry Castle

Rathcoffey Castle

  • Built In: Around 15th Century
  • Built By: Descendants of John Wogan
  • Location: Rathcoffey Village, County Kildare, Ireland.
  • Current Status: Owned by a local farmer, it is an Irish National Monument
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rathcoffey_Castle

Rathfarnham Castle

Rathgormuck Castle

Rathlannon Castle

Rathmacknee Castle

Redwood Castle

  • Built In: 1200 AD
  • Built By: The Normans
  • Location: Redwood, County Tipperary, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned, open to public during summer months. It is included in the North Tipperary list of protected structures.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redwood_Castle

Reginald’s Tower

Rheban Castle

Rindoon Castle

  • Built In: 1227 AD
  • Built By: Geoffrey de Marisco
  • Location: Warren, County Roscommon, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in ruined state, an Irish National Monument.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rindoon

Ringrone Castle

Robswall Castle

Rock of Cashel

  • Built In: 12th Century
  • Built By: The King of Munster, Muirchertach Ua Briain
  • Location: Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland
  • Current Status: A popular tourist attraction and an Irish National Monument.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_of_Cashel

Rock of Dunamase

  • Built In: 9th Century
  • Built By: Dun Masc
  • Location: Dunamaise, County Laois, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in ruined state, an Irish National Monument.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunamase

Rockett’s Castle

Rockfleet Castle

  • Built In: Mid-16th Century
  • Built By: Gráinne Ní Mháille (Grace O’Malley)
  • Location: Newport, County Mayo, Ireland
  • Current Status: Building lies in ruined state, not open to public due to safety concerns.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockfleet_Castle

Rockstown Castle

Roebuck Castle

  • Built In: 11th Century
  • Built By: No Data Available
  • Location: Roebuck, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned by U.C.D., listed as protected structure by the Irish Government.
  • Source: https://www.swilson.info/wp/?p=7

Roscommon Castle

Roscrea Castle

  • Built In: 13th Century
  • Built By: King John of England
  • Location: Roscrea Town, County Tipperary, Ireland
  • Current Status: The Castle now forms a part of the Roscrea Heritage Centre. Restored and owned by Tipperary County Council and managed with Roscrea Heritage Society.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roscrea_Castle

Roslee Castle

Ross Castle

Rossmore Castle

  • Built In: 1827 AD
  • Built By: The 2nd Lord Rossmore
  • Location: Monaghan, County Monaghan, Ireland
  • Current Status: Dry rot deteriorated the structure so it was demolished after second world war.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rossmore_Castle

Rostellan Castle

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Saunderson Castle

Seatown Castle

Shanbally Castle

Shankill Castle

  • Built In: 18th Century (1708 AD)
  • Built By: Peter Aylward
  • Location: Paulstown, County Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately Owned country house used for hosting different events and parties.
  • Source: http://visitkilkenny.ie/shankill_castle

Shrule Castle

Siddon’s Tower

Sigginstown Castle

  • Built In: 12th Century
  • Built By: The old Anglo-Norman Family of De Sygan
  • Location: Sigginstown, County Wexford, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately Owned
  • Source: https://www.sigginstowncastle.com/

Simmonscourt Castle

Skryne Castle

  • Built In: 1172- 1175 AD
  • Built By: The De Feipos Family
  • Location: Skryne, County Meath, Ireland
  • Current Status: Used as a guest house and hotel.
  • Source: http://skrynecastle.ie/

Slade Castle

  • Built In: 15th Century
  • Built By: The Laffin (Laffan) Family
  • Location: Slade, County Wexford, Ireland
  • Current Status: Taken over and restored by Office of Public Works, also an Irish National Monument.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slade_Castle

Slane Castle

  • Built In: 1780s AD
  • Built By: Brig. Gen. Henry Conyngham
  • Location: Town of Slane, County Meath, Ireland
  • Current Status: Castle is inhabited, the grounds of Slane Castle have been used to host rock concerts. It has a capacity to hold 80,000 persons during an event.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slane_Castle

Sleady Castle

Slevoyre House

Smarmore Castle

  • Built In: Around 14th Century
  • Built By: Taaffe Family
  • Location: Smarmore Castle, Ardee, County Louth, Ireland
  • Current Status: Refurbished, continuously inhabited since 1330s. It is now converted into a private rehab clinic.
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Springfield Castle

Staigue Fort

Strancally Castle

Swords Castle

  • Built In: Around 1200s
  • Built By: John Comyn
  • Location: Townparks, Swords, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Current Status: Restorations still going on, the castle and courtyard is open to visitors. The partially renovated castle was used as a film location in the famous TV series – The Tudors.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swords_Castle

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Taaffe Castle

Tara Castle

  • Built In: No Data Available
  • Built By: No Data Available
  • Location: Tara Mound, County Meath, Ireland
  • Current Status: No Remains Visible
  • Source: www.cjbyron.com/castles/tara.html

Teerobannan Castle

Tellarought Castle

  • Built In: Norman Period
  • Built By: The Norman clan
  • Location: New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in Ruined State, St. Brigid’s Well adjacent to the castle ruins is believed to have healing properties.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tellarought_Castle

Temple House Castle

Termonfeckin Castle

The Mint Castle

ThoorBallylee Castle

  • Built In: 15th or 16th Century
  • Built By: The septs de Burgo, or Burke
  • Location: Gort Town, County Galway, Ireland
  • Current Status: Lies in ruined state, damaged due to the regular floods occurring in the area.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thoor_Ballylee

Threecastles Castle

Tinnahinch Castle

Trim Castle

  • Built In: Around 12th Century
  • Built By: Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter
  • Location: Trim, County Meath, Ireland
  • Current Status: Owned by the state and managed by Office of Public Works. Six million Euro were spent on restoration and the castle was opened for public visits in 2000.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trim_Castle

Tullagh Fort

  • Built In: No Data Available
  • Built By: The UíTuirtri of Airgialla
  • Location: Tullyhogue village, County Tyrone, Ireland
  • Current Status: Owned by the state, an Irish Historic Monument
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tullyhogue_Fort

Tullynally Castle

  • Built In: 1665 AD
  • Built By: Henry Pakenham
  • Location: Near Coole Vllage, County Westmeath, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned by Thomas Pakenham, 8th Earl of Longford, it is also the largest house in private hands in Ireland. The castle grounds and gardens are open to the public from April to September.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tullynally_Castle

Tully’s Castle

  • Built In: 16th Century
  • Built By: No Data Available
  • Location: Monastery Road, Clondalkin, County South Dublin, Ireland
  • Current Status: Partially damaged, the outer structure still remains but a modern house is built inside. It is also an Irish National Monument
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tully%27s_Castle

Turin Castle

  • Built In: No Data Available
  • Built By: The Burke Clan (De Burgos)
  • Location: Kilmaine Village, County Mayo, Ireland
  • Current Status: Privately owned by Brendan and Marnie Farrell. They have converted the castle into a luxury hotel ideal for holidays, weddings and other events.
  • Source: http://www.filmmayo.ie/locations/turin-castle

Tymon Castle

Tyntes Castle

Tyredagh Castle

Tyrrellspass Castle

  • Built In: 1411 AD
  • Built By: The Tyrrells
  • Location: Tyrrellspass, County Westmeath, Ireland
  • Current Status: Restored in 1970s, the castle is not converted into a modern restaurant and banquet hall.
  • Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrrellspass_Castle

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Wallstown Castle

Waterford Castle

White’s Castle

Widenham Castle

  • Built In: Castle structure build in 12th Century, Residential section added in 15th Century
  • Built By: Alexander and Raymond FitzHugh
  • Location: Castletownroche Townland, County North Cork, Ireland
  • Current Status: Restored Castle, (Also known as Blackwater Castle). Available on rent for weddings and private parties.
  • Source: www.buildingsofireland.ie
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackwater_Castle

Williamstown Castle, Williamstown

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Smarmore Castle is located near Ardee, County Louth, about 45 minutes north of Dublin, Republic of Ireland and 1.5 hours south of Belfast, Northern Ireland.