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Mountcashel Castle
 

County

Clare

Coordinates

N 52° 46' 07.92"   W 008° 46' 36.36"

Nearest town

Sixmilebridge

Grid Ref.

R 47582 68930

Map No.

58

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

42

Date of visit

Thursday 13 June 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The castle is on the west side of the R462.


I had taken a photo of this castle several years ago, it was on May 18th, 2006, from the road and without investigating it further.

It's a five-storey tower house on a rocky outcrop, built by Conchobhar na Srona Ó Briain, who died in 1470.

As far as I could see, I found no doorway, but since I could only see three sides of the tower house, I guess the entrance is in the northeast (65°) wall, where the vegetation is thicker. There's a staircase in the southeast (110°) corner.

Apparently the castle has been lived in until a few decades ago.

The castle appears in the first minutes of the movie "Guns in the Heather" (1969), by Robert Butler, as a background monument during a car chase scene.


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