Thursday Doors

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.

carrigafoyle castle, county kerry

Carrigafoyle Castle

kerry ireland

View from the top of the castle

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.

Carrigafoyle castle, kerry ireland, irish ruins

For more Thursday Doors have a look at Norm’s blog and click the blue link at the bottom of his latest post.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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22 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for bringing us along on your visit Jean. I am always amazed when I read about things that were built before our country was “discovered.” I can imagine the doors in those strong openings. I love the view from the upper areas. Great post!

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  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    You’ll get me with castles every time 🙂
    So rich in history. I really have to get over there and see some of this for myself. Great post Jean!

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  3. I used have this ambition to buy an old castle and refurbish it. After seeing what it takes in energy and cash, I changed my mind. I don’t have enough of either, 😦


  4. Enjoyed the photos and the history. Interesting for sure. A side note: Is it true that a portal without a door is just a hole in the wall? 🙂 (wink)

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  5. I love castles, Jean, so thanks very much for the photos and information on this one!


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  6. Anonymous says:

    Love all your photo!

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  7. Des fragments de mystère…

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  8. J’aime ces photos imprégnées des mystères du Temps…

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  9. Merci. Moi aussi. 🙂


  10. Matt says:

    Oh, I love these photos!

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  11. Ooooh Scrumptious Jean! That is somewhere I would love to visit, doors or no doors!

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  12. Interesting history, doorways, and the map certainly gives a visual of how these brave folks tried to defend the castle. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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  13. Ali Isaac says:

    What an amazing place, Jean, and you certainly did get lots of pictures of doorways! hehe!

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