Thursday Doors – The Keep

The Keep at Trim Castle is in the heart of its grounds and on this week’s Thursday Doors we’ll have a really good look at it.

This is quite a unique structure in that along with a square tower on each corner there is another square tower on each side wall, too, thus making it a 20 sided building. This may have been an experimental design to test its security in the event of an attack from the native Irish Gaelic kings and their tribes. The function of a keep is to offer a last place of refuge if the castle walls are breached, which makes it a fortress in itself.

By the early 1500s most of Ireland was back in the control of the Gaelic chieftans, except for an area surrounding Dublin called The Pale or The English Pale. However Trim castle, which was allowed to fall into decline, still maintained a military presence as a form of protection.

No wonder Mel Gibson chose it as a location for some of the scenes for the movie Braveheart.

We couldn’t get in to have a look inside as guided tours were not operating at the time but here’s a drawing of what it used to look like in its day.

Thanks for coming along this week and if you’d like to see more, my next post will feature the remainder of the structures within the castle walls. For some amazing elevated views of Trim Castle check out the link at the end of this post.*

If you’re still in the mood for a bit more exploring after our tour around the Keep, Dan has a great selection of links to Thursday Doors from around the world over on his blog.

Aerial view of Trim Castle*


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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19 Responses to Thursday Doors – The Keep

  1. This is quite a structure. Twenty sides! And what a lovely day it was. Fun fact: I read your post in the Irish accent of Mr. Damien Rice which yesterday I got to listen for the first time and now I’m hooked. 😀 I hope you like him!

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for the tour, Jean and thanks for including the link. I love the artist impression and the cutaway drawing of the interior. It seems strange to think about living in constant preparation to fend off an army, but I guess that’s how life was for many centuries. I’m glad this place is preserved to the degree it is. Thank you for sharing your photos.

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  3. Emille says:

    Love that you included the artistic impression of the whole castle. In reality it looks more grim and sturdy, like a fort (which it needed to be!)/ Thanks for sharing this one with us! Emille (Jesh)

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  4. JT Twissel says:

    Not a very cozy place, that’s for sure.

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  5. Thanks for the tour. It’s (and was) quite a place but rather a lot of air conditioning these days. 🙂


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  6. What a cool place. Thanks for sharing it and the history as well!

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  7. jguenther5 says:

    I need a castle. Maybe one that’s less of a fixer-upper.

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  8. dweezer19 says:

    I so love this. Castles…❤️

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  9. sydspix says:

    Great blog Jean – very interesting! Amazing castle!

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