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Blundell Castle
 

County

Offaly

Coordinates

N 53° 20' 22.3"   W 007° 03' 04.3"

Nearest town

Edenderry

Grid Ref.

N 63252 32535

Map No.

49

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

106

Date of visit

Monday 23 May 2011

GPS Accuracy (m)

7
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All that remains of the castle.


This ruined castle is in the middle of the town of Edenderry, atop a low hill and in the green of a public park. The castle itself is fenced away from the rest of the park, but two bars of the fence have been stripped off and the gap allows a person to step inside.
Only two walls of the original building remain, the east one with the stumps of a fireplace on the first floor, and the south one, which are 12 metres and 21 metres long respectively.
The castle was built in the 15th century by the De Berminghams, but in the 16th century it was property of the Colley family. Sir George Colley defended the castle from the attacks by the O'Neill forces in 1599 during the Nine Years War. In May 1691 the army of James II attacked the castle and destroyed it. The result of this attack are the ruins that we see today.
The wind at the castle was very strong and cold, it was nearly impossible to take photos or even stay concentrated on the site we were visiting.


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