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 Castles of Ireland - Conna Castle






Location
near Conna, County Cork, Ireland

Description
Conna Castle is situated on a limestone bluff overlooking the River Bride 6.5 km west of Tallow in County Cork.

The castle is a ruined five storey square tower house about 85 feet tall. There is only one ceiling still intact, and a few remains of the bawn can still be seen.

History
Conna Castle was built around 1550 by Sir Thomas FitzGerald, eldest son of the 14th Earl of Desmond . In 1599, Conna was captured by the Earl of Essex and partly destroyed. The castle was subsequently repaired by Richard Boyle, the Earl of Cork, who was granted the castle. In 1645, the castle was captured by Irish Confederate troops led by Lord Castlehaven. In 1653 is was damaged by fire in a blaze which claimed the lives of the three daughters of the castle's steward. Hilary L’Estrange bought the castle in 1851, and his son left the castle to the state when he died in 1915.


Other Castles in the Area
  Ardfinnan Castle, County Tipperary
  Ballindoney Castle, County Tipperary
  Ballintotis Castle, County Cork
  Ballyhooly Castle, County Cork
  Burncourt Castle, County Tipperary
  Castle Lyons, County Cork
  Castle Richard, County Cork
  Castlemartyr, County Cork
  Dunmahon Castle, County Cork
  Elizabeth Fort, County Cork
  Ightermurragh Castle, County Cork
  Lisfinny Castle, County Waterford
  Lismore Castle, County Waterford
  Sleady Castle, County Waterford
  Tourin Castle, County Waterford
  Tyntes Castle, County Cork
  Wallstown Castle, County Cork







Wallstown Castle
Conna Castle

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

Wallstown Castle
Conna Castle

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


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