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 Castles of Ireland - King Johns Castle, Kilmallock






Location
Kilmallock, County Limerick, Ireland

Description
King John's Castle is a prominent landmark at the north western end of the Sarsfield Street in the town of Kilmallock, County Limerick

The castle is a four storey tower that may have been part of the northern gate entrance to the town at one time. It is sixty feet high with battlements, and two wide arched openings at ground level. There is a public passage through an opening of the basement.

History
King John's Castle was built in the 15th Century, and is a good example of a 'Peel' Tower. It was granted to Henry Billingsley in 1588, and Thomas Browne in 1604. In 1645 it was used as an arsenal by Lord Castlehaven's troops in the war with Oliver Cromwell, and then was subsequently used as a military hospital in 1651.

The tower was renovated in the 19th century with the addition of larger windows and was used for a time as a blacksmith's forge.


Other Castles in the Area
  Adare Manor, County Limerick
  Ballybeg Castle, County Cork
  Ballyclogh Castle, County Cork
  Ballynamona Castle, County Cork
  Bourchiers Castle, County Limerick
  Carrigogunnell Castle, County Limerick
  Castle Pook, County Cork
  Desmond Castle, County Limerick
  Dunmahon Castle, County Cork
  Fantstown Castle, County Limerick
  Kanturk Castle, County Cork
  Kilbolane Castle, County Cork
  Liscarroll Castle, County Cork
  Lisgriffin Castle, County Cork
  Lohort Castle, County Cork
  Matrix Castle, County Limerick
  Wallstown Castle, County Cork







Wallstown Castle
King John's Castle

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

Wallstown Castle
King John's Castle at the NW end of the Sarsfield Street.

Photograph by Andreas F. Borchert. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


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