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Nugent Castle
 

County

Westmeath

Coordinates

N 53° 36' 40.2"   W 007° 05' 37.9"

Nearest town

Delvin

Grid Ref.

N 60027 62732

Map No.

42

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

105

Date of visit

Wednesday 25 May 2011

GPS Accuracy (m)

7
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Looking at the castle on Main Street from the northwest.


It is believed that the original castle at this site was built by Hugh de Lacy, Lord of Meath, for his brother-in-law, Gilbert de Nugent in 1181, on a land that he was granted to Hugh de Lacy by Strongbow.
The present building is all that remains of the castle built in the 13th century on the site of the former building, and it was a a rectangular fortress with cylindrical towers on each corner.
Today only the west section survives. The building is on the Main Street in Delvin, a few metres northeast from the Post Office.


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