L9950 : Kirk Castle, Lough Corrib

taken 22 years ago, near to Claggan, Ireland

Kirk Castle, Lough Corrib
Kirk Castle, Lough Corrib
The Lord Justice, in 1225, caused Odo O'Flatherty to give up Kirk Castle to Odo O'Connor, King of Connaught; for assurance of his fidelity. Gráinne O’Malley in 1546, at the age of sixteen, married Donal O’Flaherty who, because of his aggressive behaviour, got the nickname ‘the Cock’ and she was in turn was called ‘the Hen’. When Donal was murdered she fought back with fury and with such determination the castle became known as ‘Hen’s Castle’, the name it still bears today. Reports seem to conflict if this was due to her re-taking the castle or defending it but it was probably in re-taking it as she later led a defence of Hen’s Castle and forced the Crown forces to retire only after she ordered the lead from the roof to be torn down and to be poured, molten, onto the heads of her assailants. The castle was built early in the 12th Century by the sons of Roderick O'Connor, last High-King of Ireland and despite being one of the oldest mortared castles in Ireland appears not to have been listed in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. It continued to be occupied as a castle until it finally succumbed to the Cromwellian soldiers in 1654.
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L9950, 2 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 23 June, 1996   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 9 February, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Lakes, Wetland, Bog 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! L 996 502 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:29.5514N 9:30.7980W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! M 012 506
View Direction
West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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