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Puck's Castle
 

County

Dublin

Coordinates

N 53° 13' 51.24"   W 006° 09' 18.18"

Nearest town

Dublin

Grid Ref.

O 23176 21646

Map No.

50

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

134

Date of visit

Sunday 5 June 2016

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The castle seen from the north.


Puck's Castle is one of the many defensive structures, or fortified houses, built between the begininning of the 15th century and the middle of the 16th century to protect the Pale from the Irish. It's about 10 metres long and 7 metres wide, and has a height of about 9 metres at the northwest corner.
There's a doorway in the west (260°) wall and a inner staircase with 9 steps that lead to the upper level. The castle it's just a shell, no inner floors or roof are present today.
It seems that this castle provided shelter for James II and part of his army in retreat from the Battle of The Boyne in 1690.
The name "Puck's" derives from the Gaelic "Pooka" which is a ghost or spirit, and this gives strength to the local legends that have the castle being a haunted spot. One of these stories is that of Jane Eleanor Sherrard, the daughter of a local Englishman, who disappeared in June 1867 near this castle where she went to pick some flowers to adorn her table. Though the police looked for her everywhere she was never found again.
The castle is in a private field with a locked gate and a sign of no trespassing. But on the day we visited the site, other people were around the building, so we thought to be part of them.


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