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Ballygrennan Castle
 

County

Limerick

Coordinates

N 52° 27' 56.34"   W 008° 32' 19.62"

Nearest town

Bruff

Grid Ref.

R 63389 35049

Map No.

65

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

76

Date of visit

Friday 19 June 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

2
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The ruins of Ballygrennan castle seen from the west.


We learned about this castle because we stopped in Bruff.
It's about 1.5 km southeast from Bruff town.
It consists of a tower house within bawn walls. Within the same enclosure are some other buildings.
It seems it was built by the de Lacys.
The castle is in total ruins, but some interesting details can still be seen, like the two bartizans at the northeast and southwest corners of the tower, and the many windows, some of them mullioned.
At the south and west range of the complex there are the remains of lower buildings with tall chimneys.
A breach into the south wall of the tower leads to what remains of a spiral staircase which rises up to the first floor. The inner walls of the tower house are black, like they are still carrying the traces of a fire.


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