Passing the outskirts of Tullamore on the N52, you will see the towers and roof of the castle. Finding the entrance is a little challenging, as there are no signs. The castle is set in extensive, overgrown parklands. Arriving at the front, the courtyard gives the impression of a scrapyard. Don't be discouraged! After some extended ringing of the large doorbell, admission is granted and the tour can begin. The castle is owned and managed (?) by a private trust. Determined renovation is ongoing, but apparently in a haphazard way. The castle is used as a venue for music events, esoteric happenings, dancing lessons and as a film site. Our very engaging hostess, who lives on the premises, gave us a passionate tour. The castle is of pleasing proportions and some historic importance, but the inside looks like a mix of an antique shop and a jumble sale. The tour includes some reference to ghosts, rendered more credible by the surroundings.
Overall - interesting and great fun!!
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