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Ballymoon Castle
 

County

Carlow

Coordinates

N 52° 42' 00.0"   W 006° 54' 24.0"

Nearest town

Bagenalstown

Grid Ref.

S 73963 61532

Map No.

61

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

108

Date of visit

Saturday 23 June 2007

GPS Accuracy (m)

6
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The walls of the castle seen from the main road.


Ballymoon Castle was probably built by a member of the Carew family in the late 13th century or early 14th century.

It has a unique layout, with an about 40 metres square outer wall. Inside the perimeter wall there are very few traces of other buildings. Traces of foundations run parallel to the northeast (55°) wall, other traces are near to the south corner. Judging by the number of windows, fireplaces and garderobe, it seems that the castle would have been a comfortable one, and the huge number of arrow loops around the walls may give the idea of a military fortress.
It seems that the castle had been built to defend the Barrow valley from the raids of the Irish.

The entrance to the castle is a breach in the southwest (235°) wall. A taller and massive structure along the southeast (145°) wall.

The castle stands about 100 metres from the R724 road, northeast of a small timber bridge.


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