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Desmond Castle

Arts/Culture/Heritage, Built Heritage, Heritage SitesKinsale, West Cork

Built as a custom house by the Earl of Desmond in circa 1500, Desmond Castle has had a colorful history. It was occupied by the Spanish in 1601 and used as a prison for captured American sailors during the war of Independence. The castle was also used …

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Barryscourt Castle

Arts/Culture/Heritage, Built Heritage, Heritage SitesCarrigtwohill, East Cork

Barryscourt Castle was the seat of the Barry family from the 12th to the 17th century and was home to the most powerful branch of the family, the Barrymores. Parts of the present Castle have been extensively restored and overall the place provides a fi …

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