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Fethard-on-Sea Castle
 

County

Wexford

Coordinates

N 52° 11' 36.1"   W 006° 50' 24.1"

Nearest town

Fethard-on-Sea

Grid Ref.

S 79372 05200

Map No.

77

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

18

Date of visit

Friday 14 June 2013

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The fascinating castle in a wonderful light at the sunset.


This fascinating castle was built in the 15th century by the Bishop of Ferns on the site of a previous castle of the 12th century. The original castle was of the motte-and-bailey type, but in the following decades it was transformed into a moated courtyard type castle, with a gate-tower and a drawbridge.
The Bishop of Ferns built the new castle and incorporated the gate-tower. He used the new building as a defended residence.
The tower had a dungeon on the ground floor which was used as a prison, and has a bartizan all around the top like a crown.

We visited this castle for the first time on June 2nd, 2001.


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