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Monea Castle
 

County

Fermanagh

Coordinates

N 54° 23' 33.24"   W 007° 44' 50.76"

Nearest town

Derrygonnelly

Grid Ref.

H 16403 49357

Map No.

17

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

115

Date of visit

Wednesday 5 June 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

4
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An 80 metres long path takes to the castle from the car park north of the monument.


This castle is said to be the finest castle of the Plantation era in county Fermanagh.

The building of the castle began in 1616 and was completed in 1618. The bawn wall, which was about 30 metres square and 4 metres high, was completed about four years later. There were two corner towers on the north side of the bawn.
This castle was the residence for Malcolm Hamilton, who later became Archbishop of Cashel from 1623 to 1629, when he died on April 25th from an unknown disease. He's now buried in the Cathedral at the Rock of Cashel
He was born in Scotland, and this is reflected in the architectural style of the castle with its typical turrets.

The castle was 4 storeys high, but today only the ground floor survives, and the walls of the kitchen and the store rooms are still visible.
The entrance is between two circular towers on the west (270°) side. These towers ends with square gables on the top, again reflecting the Scottish style of the building. The masonry of the castle is of high quality.

During the Irish Rebellion in 1641, Rory Maguire attacked the castle and slaughtered eight Protestants in it.
The castle was later occupied by Gustav Hamilton, Governor of Enniskillen, till 1691, when he died. His wife Margaret Jones and the children Gustav and Andrew, kept living at the castle, but in 1704 they had to sell the property.
A few decades later the castle was destroyed by a fire and was abandoned.

The visit to this castle was afflicted by a heavy rain!


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