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 Castles of Ireland - Ballymoon Castle






Location
east of Bagenalstown, County Carlow, Ireland

Description
Ballymoon Castle is situated about 2 miles east of Bagenalstown in a field next to the Fennagh road.

The castle is now in ruins and consists of a square courtyard about 80 feet on each side, with 20 foot high granite walls that are about 8 feet wide at the base. The inside of the castle is open, but the walls show where the doors and fireplaces were positioned. The large double fireplace on the north side was part of the great hall. There are no traces of the interior structure of the castle apart from the foundations, and this has led to speculation that the castle was never completed. The wall on the western side has an arched gateway. Portcullis grooves can be seen on the gateway, and there may have been a barbican in front. A number of cross shaped gun loops and arrow slits can be seen in the castle walls.

Facilities
The castle is accessible to the public, with access via a small wooden bridge over a ditch. Visitors can explore the castle walls at ground level. Ballymoon Castle is now a National Monument

History
Ballymoon Castle is thought to have been built in the 13th century or early 14th century. Much of the history has been lost in the mists of time, but it is thought to have been built by the Bigod family, or by the Carew family, who acquired the land from the Bigods. In the late 1800s the castle was bought by Michael Sheill from Wexford who established a number of local businesses.


Other Castles in the Area
  Ballybur Castle, County Kilkenny
  Ballyloughan Castle, County Carlow
  Burnchurch Castle, County Kilkenny
  Carlow Castle, County Carlow
  Clara Castle, County Kilkenny
  Dysart Castle, County Kilkenny
  Enniscorthy Castle, County Wexford
  Huntington Castle, County Carlow
  Kilkea Castle, County Kildare
  Kilkenny Castle, County Kilkenny
  Leighlinbridge Castle, County Carlow
  Tinnahinch Castle, County Carlow







Tinnahinch Castle
Ballymoon Castle is a large rectangular walled keep.

Photograph by liam murphy. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


 Ballymoon Castle map