R6802 : Castles of Munster: Castle Widenham, Cork

near to Baile Chaisleain an Roistigh and Kilcummer Bridge, Cork, Ireland

Castles of Munster: Castle Widenham, Cork
Castles of Munster: Castle Widenham, Cork
Also known as Blackwater Castle, its site is on a promontory above a bend in the Awbeg river. The restored tower is attached to a C17 house that was totally rebuilt after the devastating wars of that period, and considerably altered and extended during the C18 and C19. This was the principal seat of the Roches, lords of Fermoy, who despite wars and rebellions, managed to retain the castle up to the time when it was beseiged by Lord Broghill in 1650. Lord Maurice was away at the time, and the castle was bravely defended in his absence by Lady Roche. It was eventually overwhelmed, and afterwards the defending officers were all shot, although the remaining garrison were released. Lady Roche was hanged on a trumped up charge two years later for having defended the castle, and Lord Maurice lost the entire estate including the castle in 1666 to Lt Colonel John Widenham, to whom it was granted. LinkExternal link
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2012
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 26 June, 2012   (more nearby)
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Friday, 13 July, 2012
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Housing, Dwellings  Religious sites  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! R 6857 0215 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:10.2462N 8:27.6063W
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Irish: geotagged! R 6854 0211
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