near Ballyhander, County Cork, Ireland
Kilgobbin Castle stands in a farmyard on the west bank of the river Bandon, a few miles from Kinsale in County Cork.
The castle is a five storey square tower house and has been recently restored. The tower has two levels of barrel vaulted ceilings. On the ground floor was a single large room with a vaulted ceiling. On one of the corners there was a projection housing the staircase. Battlements on top of the tower were positioned for defense. The construction is very similar to that of other castles built on the Bandon river. During the recent restoration, the stone was repointed, stonework around the windows was restored, the battlements were rebuilt and a new slate roof was put on the castle.
The original Kilgobbin Castle was built by the Walsh family in the mid 15th century. The Sarsfield family took it over in the early 17th century, and it again changed hands when the Palmer family took over. By the 18th century, the castle was abandoned and fell into disrepair. In 2004, extensive restoration work was carried out by Martin McCarthy.
According to folklore, the castle is haunted by a man in armour, and a woman carrying a golden object. There are also rumours of buried treasure at the castle.
Other Castles in the Area
Ballea Castle, County Cork
Blarney Castle, County Cork
Carrigadrohid Castle, County Cork
Carrignamuck Castle, County Cork
Charles Fort, County Cork
Desmond Castle, County Cork
Elizabeth Fort, County Cork
Kilcrea Castle, County Cork
Mountlong Castle, County Cork
Ringrone Castle, County Cork