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Bridge Castle Castle
 

County

Tipperary

Coordinates

N 52° 40' 45.72"   W 007° 48' 37.26"

Nearest town

Thurles

Grid Ref.

S 12824 58707

Map No.

66

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

101

Date of visit

Saturday 9 June 2018

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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Bridge Castle seen from the bridge, on its east side.


The castle and the bridge next to it were built around 1450, possibly by McRickard Butler, on the site where a Crannóg previously was.
It function was to control the traffic on the River Suir.

Originally the River Suir would flow right next to the castle, and the Chieftains would drop their fishing lines into the waters. The one who would catch the biggest fish has the right to claim the favourite young woman of the castle.
In later years the caste was used as an enclosure for livestock, horses and their attendants, and later on as a corn mill.

It's a five storey building and has a Gothic doorway in in the north (350°) wall. Next to the doorway a small fragment of the arch of the ancient East Gate is still visible.

We visited this castle for the first time on June 5th, 2001.


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