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BALLYMOON CASTLE
BALLYMOON CASTLE, COUNTY CARLOW
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PHOTO by Pip POWELL
MAR 2010
One of Ireland's most unusual fortresses, Ballymoon castle was possibly built around
1300  by a member of the Carew family,  Anglo-Normans who acquired lands in

Carlow
in the later 13th century. The castle's layout is unique; it consists of a square
courtyard around which there was originally a continuous, 2 and 3 storey, range of
rooms. The original courtyard walls are largely destroyed or (as local tradition records)
were left unfinished. The Normans had little control of this area around 1300, and the
castle may have been built to defend the Barrow valley against Irish raids. Although
the high walls and cross shaped arrow loops give it a military character, the number of
garderobes (toilets) and fireplaces suggest it was also designed for comfort. The site
of the Great Hall,the main pubic room of the castle,with its double fireplace and high
windows can be seen along the interior north wall. Access is very easy from the road.
CO-ORDINATES
52 41' 57.214"N...6 54' 25.255"W
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