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 Castles of Ireland - Carrigogunnell Castle






Location
near Clarina, County Limerick, Ireland

Description
Carrigogunnell Castle is situated near the village of Clarina, on a bank of the River Shannon. The castle is an impressive fortress dominating a natural rocky crag.

The castle is in ruins. The keep was a five storey tower structure with a spiral staircase, and the remains are over 50 feet high. There is a prominent circular bastion. The castle building construction was of cut limestone. On the east side is an adjoining house. Along the western side is a range of ruined buildings. The main gate is on the southern side with a smaller entrance to the west.

History
Carrigogunnell Castle was built around 1450. During the Williamite War in Ireland, the castle was occupied by King James II's troops during the second siege of Limerick in 1691. Later in 1691 Lieutenant-General Scravemore acting for Dutch General Godert de Ginckell captured the castle. The castle occupants were taken as prisoners of war, and later in 1691 Carrigogunnell was blown up on de Ginckell's orders.


Other Castles in the Area
  Adare Manor, County Limerick
  Askeaton Castle, County Limerick
  Bourchiers Castle, County Limerick
  Bunratty Castle, County Clare
  Desmond Castle, County Limerick
  Dromoland Castle, County Clare
  Dysert Castle, County Limerick
  Fantstown Castle, County Limerick
  King Johns Castle, Kilmallock, County Limerick
  King Johns Castle, County Limerick
  Knappogue Castle, County Clare
  Matrix Castle, County Limerick
  Shanid Castle, County Limerick







Shanid Castle
Carrigogunnell Castle

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 Carrigogunnell Castle map