Myth and Legends Photography Irish Castles

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Kildownet  Castle
Kildownet Castle
Known by many names, the  two most common
 being Kildownet and Kildavnet, after the town.
This tiny tower house, built in the early 1400's on
 the shore of Achill Island,  is not only notable for it's 
picturesque  settings, but also for it's associations 
with the pirate queen Grace O'Malley. The
 Tower at Kildavnet is one of a series of such 
strongholds that Granuaile established along the 
western seaboard. It is some 40 feet in height 
and had 3 stories. The strategic importance of 
its location, at the mouth of Achill Sound
was for protecting the passage that 
connects Clew Bay with Blacksod Bay.


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Rockfleet Castle
Rockfleet Castle
Also known as Carrickahowley Castle, this
tower house stands on the shore of an inlet
of Clew Bay, with the water lapping right up 
against it's  walls.  Rockfleet was home of 
the clan leader, Grace O'Malley, otherwise
known by her irish name of Granuaile,
pirate Queen. In 1574 British forces tried to
put a stop to her actives, but she repulsed
the attack! Grace later came to an agreement 
with the Crown, and upon meeting Queen 
Elizabeth, Grace refused to bow, as she 
felt she was a queen in her own right. 



 
 
 
 
 
 

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Crumbling Past- MacPhilbins Castle
MacPhilbins  Castle
A passing farmer identified this as the
"old MacPhilbins" Castle. 
This grand ruin is set atop a grass
covered mound with the last rays
 of sun slowly stretching over the
crumbling walls and grazing sheep
Co. Mayo
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Burt Castle Black & White
Burt Castle B/W
Burt Castle  is visible from the Derry-Letterkenny 
road, because of it's  prominent position on a hilltop. 
There is no path or road to the site of the castle and 
it is on private land. It was built in the sixteenth century 
during the reign of Henry the VIII.  A medallion found near 
 bearing the Ó Dochartaigh arms dating from about 1525,
 and a coin of 1547 was found nearby. 
When the O'Dohertys lost Elagh Castle, they took
 refuge here.  Sir Cahair O'Doherty was in charge
 in 1601 and it was later garrisoned by Hugh  Boy
 O'Doherty.  When Sir Cahair began his rebellion
against the crown the English attacked it but were 
beaten back. After the defeat of Sir Cahair, Burt Castle
into the hands of the Chichester family.  It is recorded
that it was in ruin in 1833 and has suffered further
damage since. 
 
 
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