in Ballyheige: 'In Ireland, castles are associated with the arrival of
the Anglo-Normans (1169). Their initial fortifications were wooden towers
on top of earthen mounds with an associated courtyard - Motte and Bailey.
Stone castle construction began in the late 12th century (1178). [I don't
think I would make quite so much of the difference between 1169 and 1178
- it's only 9 years.] Ballyheige Castle follows the much later tradition
of 'Castellated Houses', where pseudo-medieval features were added to
an existing building. A Georgian mansion built in 1758, was 'castellated'
in 1809 for Colonel James Crosbie [coincidentally the name of Gareth and
Conor's grandfather] by the architects Richard and William Morrison. ...
The castle was occupied until 1840 when fire damage forced Sir Rowland
Chute to leave. The building was used as a prison by the English crown
forces during the War of Independence in 1921 and was burned down by the
IRA later that year. In the 1970s the structure was extensively reconstructed
As you look back along the strand towards Ballyheige, the castle stands
proud above the seafront houses.
This is probably always a windy place. There are sheltered picnic areas
scallopped out of the dunes and fenced with old railway sleepers.
photo taken across the road from our B&B.
The castle seen
from the dunes behind the strand.