A more apt title for my contribution this week would be Thursday Doorways as all of the external doors on this building are missing. However, inside Carrigafoyle Castle you’ll find a couple of nice wooden doors, replicas of what must have been there in the past. Floors have been laid on the upper levels so that visitors can walk around in safety and admire the wonderful view.
Some of the indoor photos were quite washed out so I tweaked the light and contrast to give them a bit of atmosphere. My family and I came across Carrigafoyle Castle on one of our camping trips and had great fun exploring its various nooks and crannies. It’s in County Kerry, on the south side of the River Shannon, The castle is reached by a raised stone path but becomes inaccessible during very high tides.
Built in the style of a tower house in the 1490’s, the castle rises over 86 feet in height. Each of its five floors comprise of a small room with an oblong chamber off the stone staircase. Although a national monument the castle, having been made safe, has been left in its ruined state. Carrigafoyle Castle was strategically positioned to overlook the shipping lanes that were used to bring goods to Limerick. The walls extended into the water and made a dock capable of landing ships that were up to 100 tons in weight.
Sir William Pelham attacked the castle in 1580 in the Desmond wars and during the three day bombardment huge naval guns and canons were used. On Palm Sunday the castle was taken after the tower had been badly damaged, collapsing and killing many of those inside. The survivors, a garrison of 50 Irish and 19 Spanish soldiers, were massacred and the Earl of Desmond’s valuables were plundered and sent to Queen Elizabeth. The castle was never repaired due to the severe damage it sustained, but it has been made safe. It’s not exactly Google Earth but the sketch below will give you an idea of what Carrigafoyle Castle and the surrounding area looked like in the past.
For more Thursday Doors have a look at Norm’s blog and click the blue link at the bottom of his latest post.