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Dromore (O'Brien's) Castle
 

County

Clare

Coordinates

N 52° 55' 31.62"   W 008° 57' 45.48"

Nearest town

Ruan

Grid Ref.

R 39272 86505

Map No.

58

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

19

Date of visit

Tuesday 12 June 2018

GPS Accuracy (m)

4
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Approaching the castle from the east.


This tower house stands in the Dromore Woods, on a small strip of land into the Dromore Lough. It was probably built in the early 16th century, but in the following century Teige O'Brien, of the O'Brien clan, repaired and expanded it. This intervention is proved by the double Jacobean chimney stack on the roof.

Connor O'Brien (Teige's father) received the tower house and the lands in tis area in 1579. Teige's son, Dermot had an important role in the Confederate Wars and took part in the Siege of Ballyalla Castle. A certain Conor was the last member of the O'Brien family to live at the castle, until 1689. The castle fell in desrpair in the 18th century.

The castle is a four storey building, it has a doorway in the northeast (60°) wall that leads to a barrel vaulted room.
Above the doorway two slabs carry the inscription "This castle was built by Teige, second sone to Connor, third Earle of Thomond and by Slany Brien wife to the said Teige Anno..." Unfortunately the date is missing.

It has a spiral staircase to the right of the doorway, a small guardroom to the left and a fireplace in a chamber on the first floor.

There's a wall walk at the roof level. There are also remains of a bartizan near the east corner.


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