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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 around 1300. It has a unique layout, with a 36 metres square courtyard around which there is a continuous range of rooms on two or three storeys. It seems that the castle was built to defend the Barrow valley from the raids of the Irish.
The huge number of arrow loops around the walls may give the idea of a military fortress, but the high number of toilets and fireplaces suggest that it was also designed for comfort.
The castle stands 170 metres from the R724 road, northeast of a small timber bridge. The entrance to the courtyard is on the southwest wall.


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