Lackeen Castle

Lackeen Castle, Lorrha

Lackeen Castle
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Jfoxmath
Akron, OH151 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
This place was a fantasy- no one else but my wife and I. We went through two gates and there it was. Unlike a lot of ruins this thing has all four walls and stairs that you can climb to get to the variouse levels- It is a 4 story Tower house with a good portion of the Baun wall around it. It was built in the 12th century by the O'Kennedy clan, When a restoration was done after Cromwell came through the Lorrah Myssal was discovered hidden in its walls. See the pictures- The greatest thing is being able to explore this place without a lot of other tourist all around. Please note you might get a little dirty you do have to walk through cattle territory.
Written April 24, 2015
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Vincent D
Dún Laoghaire, Ireland1,219 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
The 8th or 9th cent. Lorrha or Stowe Missal was found in this castle at some unknown date. It eventually found its way to George Nugent-Temple-Grenville, 1st. marquis of Buckingham. It was purchased from him by the Royal Irish Academy in 1883.
The book was contained within a case of silver gold and copper known as a cumdach. Engravings on the cumdach appear to read;
"a prayer for the abbot of Lorrha, Mathgamain Ua Cathail (approx. 1037) and for Find Ua Dúngalaigh, king of Múscraige Tíre (approx. 1033). It also mentions Donnchadh mac Briain, styled 'king of Ireland' and Mac Raith Ua Donnchada, king of the Eoganacht of Cashel (approx. 1052) as well as the name of the maker, Donnchadh Ua Taccáin [a monk] 'of the community of Cluain (Clonmacnoise)'."
The four spaces between central cross and border have panels of geometric openwork decoration, and there are small panels with knotwork decoration at the corners of the border and inside the curved ends of the cross members.
Sorry, you have to go to Dawson Street Dublin to see the artifact itself.
Written December 18, 2017
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