This 15th Century castle , originally the seat of the Chieftain of the O'Donoghue Clan, has surprising survived the rigors of time and has been admirably saved and restored, and very laudibly so, by the state agency responsible for national monuments.
Located on the shore of Lough Leane I wonder if The O'Donoghoe Mór actually knew how charming a location he chose for his seat of power. It was virtually unassailable until the arrival of that most reprehensible of invaders Oliver Cromwell who used all Irish land to pay his officers and reward his friends.
It is now an iconic image of romantic Ireland with its castle backdrop of a lake and mountains. The tour is about 30 minutes long and well worth doing.
Our guided tour by a girl with a slight 'foreign' accent was informative and comprehensive. She had a good knowledge of the detail of the history of the castle and was open to inquisitive questions.
In my youth I had visited this castle as a ruin as my late aunt wanted to find the grave of her uncle who had worked as a carpenter on the nearby Mucross Estate. It had been that long since I had been there and am most impressed at the sensitive restoration and the accessibility of the
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