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 Castles of Ireland - Castle Pook






Location
Doneraile, County Cork, Ireland

Description
The ruins of Castle Pook stands five acres on a rocky outcrop near Doneraile at the foot of the Ballyhouras.

The castle is ruined tower. Remains of the defensive wall form a ridge around what would have been the castle courtyard. Parts of a dry moat is visible. There is evidence of the site having been defended since prehistoric times, with traces of a ring for and ancient ramparts having been found on the site.

Facilities
The castle is on private land.

History
Castle Pook was built around 1380 by the Norman, Geoffrey Synan (Geoffrey the Red). It was extended or rebuilt around 1500. The castle was forfeited by the Synans in 1639, and taken over by the St Leger family. The castle is privately owned and there are plans to restore the castle.

Legends
The poet Edmund Spenser lived near the castle and the legends of the castle may have inspired the name Pook in his poem, the Epithalamium. It is believed that the name Puck which Shakespeare used for Robin Goodfellow in A Midsummer Nightís Dream may in turn have been inspired by Spenserís Pook.


Other Castles in the Area
  Ballybeg Castle, County Cork
  Ballyclogh Castle, County Cork
  Ballyhooly Castle, County Cork
  Ballynamona Castle, County Cork
  Castle Barrett, County Cork
  Castle Lyons, County Cork
  Dromaneen Castle, County Cork
  Dunmahon Castle, County Cork
  Fantstown Castle, County Limerick
  Kanturk Castle, County Cork
  Kilbolane Castle, County Cork
  King Johns Castle, Kilmallock, County Limerick
  Liscarroll Castle, County Cork
  Lisgriffin Castle, County Cork
  Lohort Castle, County Cork
  Mallow Castle, County Cork
  Wallstown Castle, County Cork







Wallstown Castle
Castle Pook, Cork

Photograph by Mike Searle. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


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