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Real Life Fairy Tales: Castles of Ireland

by Hein Marais on 08/07/08 at 4:09 am

Ireland is rich in culture and has a wonderful history worth exploring. Fairy Tales, Princesses and Princes, Kings and queens have been here.

Ashford Castle

This astonishing castle is situated in the beautiful countryside of County Mayo and is in the heart of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery. Ashford was found in 1228 by the Anglo-Norman de Burgo family after they defeated the native O’Connors of Connaught. The de Burgo’s built several such castles throughout the province but Ashford remained their principal stronghold. 3D tours and virtual tours of the castle is available on their website.

Dromoland Castle

Dromoland Castle is situated in the west of Ireland just a stone throw away from the mighty Shannon River and the unique rugged landscape of The Burren. Dromoland Castle, one of the most famous baronial castles in Ireland, was the ancestral home of the O’Briens, Barons of Inchiquin, who are one of the few native Gaelic families of royal blood and direct descendants of Brian Boroimhe (Boru) High King of Ireland in the eleventh century. 3D tours of the castle is available on their website.

Ballyseede Castle

Ballyseede Castle is located on its own thirty acres of gardens and woodland in Tralee County Kerry. Ballyseede Castle was the chief garrison of the legendary Fitzgerald’s, Earls of Desmond, many of whom refused to swear allegiance to the crown, which resulted in the infamous Geraldine Wars that continued intermittently for three centuries and concluded with the beheading of Gerald, 16th Earl, in the Demesne of Ballyseede and whose head was exhibited in a cage on London Bridge. A picture gallery of the castle is available on their website.

Fanningstown Castle

Fanningstown Castle is situated in the fertile valley of the river Maigue, in Co. Limerick near the picturesque village of Adare. It lies in the barony of Coshma (Coshmagh) which, meaning “Foot of the Plain” or “Bank of the Maigue,” describes this location. The area of the barony coincides with the territory of the Celtic people, the Ui Cairbre Aobhdha. For more information on the castle and its history visit their website.

Fitzpatrick Castle

This 18th century castle is situated on the South Dublin coast overlooking Dublin Bay. The park was once part of the estate of Killiney Castle (now Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel), a prominent residence in the district. The original house, Miunt Mapas, was built in 1740 by Col. John Mapas. The property was owned in turn by a Mr. Maunsell, Henry Loftus, Viscount of Ely, Lord Clonmel and Robert Warren, who in 1840 enlarged the house and called it Killiney Castle. He also restored and added to the monuments on the hill. For a full photo gallery of the castle visit their website.

Glin Castle

This castle is situated in County Limerick which has a rich history. Large pieces of land were given to the great Norman Family, the Fitzgeralds, in Limerick by the Desmond Overlords in the early 14th Century. Out of the Fitzgerald family the so-called knights of Glin was created. For a complete photo gallery of the castle and more of its history visit their website.

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Jotter Scalems

Jul 8th, 2008

Nice, I like the first one best:).


Jul 8th, 2008

Nice article, i was doing something like that with my castle pieces but thought that i didn’t have enough knowledge to do specific castle country. If you want to know what makes a castle here is one of my articles: http://www.quazen.com/Arts/Architecture/Medieval-England-1-Parts-of-a-Castle.132116

Juliane Elliott

Jul 8th, 2008

This piece is spectacular! :)

Christy Tuller

Jul 8th, 2008

Wonderful article! I have always wanted to see the castles of Ireland in person. I hope to get there some day. The pictures are great!

Mystical Whitewolf

Jul 8th, 2008

What wonderful places to see, very informative article. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos.

nobert soloria bermosa

Jul 10th, 2008

beautiful castles

Steven West

Jul 11th, 2008

Spectacular pictures of the castles of Ireland. I appreciate the history of each castle too.

Daniel Canfield

Jul 18th, 2008

Awesome pictures. I love old castles. I not been overseas yet but I would love to go to Ireland,scotland,the UK,and in particular Wales.

Evis T

Jul 18th, 2008

Lovely castles you have there over the water. Must remember to get the ferry over at some point! I’m fortunate enough to live a stone’s throw from Beaumaris castle.

sybil cole

Jul 18th, 2008

I absalutely loved the piece on the real life fairy tales and the different castles you have in your beutiful country. That is one thing I have always wanted to do that is go to Irland. I really enjoyed it and plan on reading other pieces of writing you have done.


Jul 31st, 2008

These are remarkable castles…I’d love to visit them some day..

Lauren Axelrod

Aug 20th, 2008

Excellent piece. Well researched and lovely pictures.

Karen N

Aug 20th, 2008

Absolutely beautiful!


Aug 29th, 2008

I truly enjoyed the pictures and the info. I have Royalty in my blood and Castles have always sparked my interest. I never knew why, until I talked to my grandfather a couple of years ago, about my family’s heritage. That’s how I found out I was related to Royalty. Great work. Well done. Keep up with the great work. Keep on penning. Thank you so very much for sharing your wonderful talents with us. *S* Cynthia

One that in my family bloodline, is the Castle Leslie in Ireland.


Sep 7th, 2008

Good day!
It is very informative and has a very good quality in it.
I like it…


Thank you very much for your time.


Sep 11th, 2008

Woderful casttle,landscapes ,confratulation.


Sep 11th, 2008

Thank you for the wonderful tour and also for the historical background. Lovely place.

R J Evans

Sep 12th, 2008

Great stuff! Very enjoyable!

Rachel Faye

Sep 18th, 2008

Thank you! Enjoyed this article.

Auron Renius

Nov 12th, 2008

Love Castles, Ashford looks awsome i’ll visit one day.


Nov 15th, 2008

Wonderful, I like that wish I could visit these palces sometime in my life :) Thanks for sharing

Patrick Bernauw

Nov 27th, 2008

I think you’ve got a new fan down here!

Princess S

Dec 27th, 2008

Too bad you don’t have my castle…The Ely Cathedral. I had just figured out I’m of royal blood! But is there anyway I could…you know claim my castle? Or does it belong to the Gov. now? It belongs to my family! And I feel like it’s a birth right! Well anyway I just wanted everyone to know that the Ely family still lives…sort of… and I love to call myself princess…IT MAKES ME FEEL GREAT!

Princess S. Ely

If anyone thinks I’m lying, I can show you my family tree.


Mar 25th, 2009

Great post with wonderful pictures of Ireland. Great job!



Sep 28th, 2009

Great article, I stayed at Dromoland castle back in April, i think every visit to Ireland should include a stay at an Irish castle – a good website with info on 50 or so Irish Castles is http://www.castlesinireland.com


Feb 27th, 2010

wow this is great! It made me feel like a child again since I’ve always loved castles. I was really surprised there was a real Ashford castle I thought it was the figment of someone’s imagination! I’ll definitely go visit one day! Thanks for posting this!

Eunice Tan

Oct 1st, 2010

Those must be the castles told in fairy tales. So beutiful.

Kathleen Wightman

Nov 2nd, 2010

I’m leaving Nov 20th for 10 days in Ireland. It will be cold I’m told but we are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary so who cares.
I’m staying 2 nights in Ashford Castle and can’t wait. Thanks for your article. If anyone has any tips for me please email me @

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