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Castles In Leinster

Map Of LeinsterThe Eastern province of Ireland is Leinster made of up counties Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.
The actual name of Leinster derives from the name of a Celtic tribe, the Laighin. This tribe was known to be the first Celtic tribe to invade Ireland and who powered the areas of Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford. Some of the earliest recorded tribes in Leinster was the sons of Chú Chorb called Nio Corb, Corbmac Losc, Messin Corb, and Cairpre Cluichechair.

Beside Leinster was the fifth province of Ireland, Mide, and was where the High King of Ireland was located, at the Hill of Tara. Today the province of Mide no longer exists and is now part of Leinster.

Over centauries many battles had taken place in Leinster between tribes and any invading forces, such as the Vikings and the Normans. One known dispute was between Dermot MacMurrough who at the time was the King of Leinster, and that of Rory O’Conner, the High King of Ireland. The dispute resulted in MacMurrough requesting assistance from the Anglo-Normans, a move that resulted in a loss of support from the Irish.

History of Ardgillan Castle
Built in 1738 by Reverend Robert Taylor Ardgillan Castle is better known as a country home. Look after by the O'Casey's and then the Earl of Tyrconnell the castle remains a magical place...

Birr Castle
This castle remains in ownership of the seventh Earl of Rosse. The castle is still home of the Earl and not open to the public although a visitor centre is along with the fabulous gardens...

Dublin Castle
Under control of the British until 1922 Dublin castles has always played important roles, even today. Visitors from all over the world can’t resist stopping by to visit Dublin castle...

Durrow Castle
It was formerly the home of the Flower family and was built in the early 18th century (1712-1715) when domestic architecture in Ireland was developing and independence of the need for defense and economy.

Kilkea Castle
Built in 1180 Kilkea Castle is one of the oldest inhabited castles in Ireland. Today it has been converted into a rich holiday where visitors can now...

Kilkenny Castle
Under control of a Norman family in 1171 this medieval castle is one of those must see castles in Ireland. Still under good condition tour guides are available for...

Kinnitty Castle
Dating from 1209 Kinnitty castle has seen a lot of history including raids from Vikings and the Normans...

Shankill Castle
Dated from the 17th Century Shankill Castle has become a popular tourist attraction...


Recommended books on Castles, available from Amazon.

Medieval Castles of Ireland
Great Irish Houses & Castles
If Walls Could Talk: Great Irish Castles Tell Their Stories
Castles in Ireland: Feudal Power in a Gaelic World