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Minard Castle
 

County

Kerry

Coordinates

N 52° 07' 33.5"   W 010° 06' 37.3"

Nearest town

Dingle

Grid Ref.

V 55525 99169

Map No.

70

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

19

Date of visit

Saturday 20 May 2006

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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From the northeast.


We visited this castle for the first time on June 29th, 1994.
This castle, though simple and completely ruined, is absolutely fascinating for the surrounding scenery, the quiet bay in front of it and for the silence you can hear. It is said it was built by the knight of Kerry but was destroyed by the Cromwell's army in 1642. It's the largest fortress of the Dingle peninsula and it was also used as the location for a scene in the movie "Ryan's Daughter" (1970) by David Lean.
The castle is in very bad conditions and the access is forbidden for safety reasons. Anyway, while we were there, somebody dared to get inside.

UPDATE: June 26th, 2013 - Our third visit to this fascinating ruined castle.
It's a rectangular two storey tower which measure 12 metres of length along the east-west axis, and 9 metres of length along the north-south axis. The doorway is in the east (90°) wall. Two deep cracks run from the top to the bottom of the north and west walls. The east wall is almost totally missing. The ground floor had a vaulted ceiling.
A black horse was guarding the ruins during this visit and welcomed us at the doorway.


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