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Location
Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, Ireland

Description
Leighlinbridge Castle (also known as Black Castle) is situated on the River Barrow in the village of Leighlinbridge in County Carlow.

The present Leighlinbridge Castle is a ruined 50 foot high tower house, with only the left part of the tower and parts of the bawn wall still standing.

History
There has been a castle on the site since the early days of the Norman invasion of Ireland. The original Norman castle was built around 1180 by Hugh de Lacy to defend the river crossing. A Carmelite priory was founded near the castle in 1270. The building now on the site is a 14th century tower house which was owned by the Kavanagh family. The castle was rebuilt again in 1547 by Edward Bellingham, and was known as Black Castle. During the Irish Confederate Wars, the castle was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell's forces in 1650.

The magnificent nine-arched bridge over the Barrow river near the castle was built in 1320 by Maurice Jakis, canon of Kildare Cathedral. It was widened in 1789.


Other Castles in the Area
  Ballybur Castle, County Kilkenny
  Ballyloughan Castle, County Carlow
  Ballymoon Castle, County Carlow
  Ballyragget Castle, County Kilkenny
  Burnchurch Castle, County Kilkenny
  Carlow Castle, County Carlow
  Clara Castle, County Kilkenny
  Dysart Castle, County Kilkenny
  Foulksrath Castle, County Kilkenny
  Huntington Castle, County Carlow
  Kilkea Castle, County Kildare
  Kilkenny Castle, County Kilkenny
  Tinnahinch Castle, County Carlow







Tinnahinch Castle
Leighlinbridge Castle on the River Barrow, County Carlow, Ireland

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