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Taaffe's Castle
 

County

Louth

Coordinates

N 54° 02' 26.7"   W 006° 11' 10.3"

Nearest town

Carlingford

Grid Ref.

J 18878 11700

Map No.

29

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

19

Date of visit

Wednesday 8 June 2011

GPS Accuracy (m)

12
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The Taaffe's Castle seen from the southeast.


The Taaffe family became Earls of Carlingford in 1661. They built a fortified tower house next to the harbour.
The castle as we see it today consists of a 4 storeys tower house on the south-southwest side and a lower building attached to the tower on the north-northeast side.
The tower house was built at the beginning of the 16th century and has a projecting turret on the west corner, and judging by the fact that there's a machicolation on the northwest corner of this turret, I think that the main entrance to the tower house was on that side.
At the end of the century a lower building was added on the north-northeast side of the tower house.

We visited this place for the first time on May 9th, 2000.


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