Carlow Castle

One of the most valuable monuments in Carlow are the ruins of a medieval fortified castle.

Carlow Castle is located on the banks of the River Barrow. And there is a first monument which I have visited in Carlow Town and have taken my first photos. So I can said here started the idea of posting mycarlow blog. I have remember very well that sunny day on March 2014. And I will always have sentiment for the ruins of Carlow Castle. I consider they are beautiful.

The fortress was built in the first half of the 13th century in the place of a wooden fortified stronghold by William Marshal the elder in the time period between 1207 and 1213 which he spent in Ireland.

The castle in Carlow was the very first of its kind in Ireland, a towered keep, where a huge rectangular tower is surrounded by four smaller three-quarter-circular towers at the corners of the rectangle.

In the following centuries, the castle changed hands many times. Successively ruled by the English kings, FitzGerald and earls Norfolk and Thomond. Bought by the Earl of Thomond in 1616, changed hands multiple times until it was taken by Oliver Cromwell in 1650 but was later returned to the Earl of Thomond. When in the 17th century the stronghold lost its strategic significance, it was abandoned and neglected since that time, it began to fall into increasing ruin.

In 1814 the castle was widely destroyed in an attempt to create more space for the conversion into a lunatic asylum with the help of explosives. Too many explosives were used for the reconstruction, so most of the castle just collapsed.

Today, only two defensive towers and fragments of walls remain from this once impressive fortress.

Therefore Carlow Castle is the oldest stone castle in Ireland and National Monument of Ireland. National Monument is a legal term for a structure which has been listed for preservation by the Irish State.

The bottom of one of the towers of Carlow Castle was damaged by the last Storm Ciara in Carlow on 9th February 2020.

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Carlow Castle
Carlow Castle
Carlow Castle
Carlow Castle
Carlow Castle
Carlow Castle
Carlow Castle
Carlow Castle
Carlow Castle
Carlow Castle
Carlow Castle
Carlow Castle

Malgorzata

Blogger. Volunteer. Enthusiast of photography, nature, architecture, and cultural events. Since 2014 living in County Carlow in Ireland.

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