Back to North Cork today to near Fermoy. These fortified households are dotted all around the island and calling them castles appears to be a bit of an over-inflation. This one looks very big in comparison with others I know, I wonder what makes this one so interesting?
And, we learned, what makes this one interesting is its bloody past. The original builders of this tower house were the Norman De Caunton family. Later known as the Condons, they sided with the Earl of Desmond in the 1580s during the Desmond Rebellion
. On the losing side, they were forced to surrender their estates in 1588. They regained the castle for a period - only to see it taken over by the Fleetwood family in 1622. During the particularly bloody Eleven Years War (aka the Confederate Wars in Ireland
), the Condons retook the castle again - decimating the surrendering Fleetwoods. The Condon return was short lived however as, in 1643, English forces retook the castle and its Condon occupants were "put to the sword". Many of *these* English soliders however were killed in the subsequent Battle of Cloghleagh
. The castle may have been in the possession of the War Department
when this image was captured....
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It looks as if it was inhabited at that stage, whenever that might have been!
Cloghleigh is a large tower house, generally typical of those in Munster, and it probably dates to the sixteenth century. It has distinctive rounded corners and a number of interesting horizontal loops. It is on the Teagasc farm at Moorepark and the interior was not accessible when last I visited it. Originally a castle of the Condons, it eventually passed to the Moores, who made repairs to it in the nineteenth century.
It has a bloody history, according to www.abandonedireland.com/Cloghleagh.html
Quite good - youtu.be/sZPAGY5OotE?t=14m47s (from 14:48)
See also www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3036887
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If the American tourists are happy to call them castles, that's okay with me ; ) But, in truth they are more like something Saruman would have lived in, towers sort of like early skyscrapers. I wonder if those windows could be described as 'energy efficient'. It makes a lovely image and the colour shots Beachcomber has linked to really show the beautiful surrounding landscape, albeit in winter.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I just read your history link and it seems to have been very much a castle. It's interesting how many common Norman Irish names are among the 'English' contingent. I suppose we can assume these would have been Royalists, considering the time just a few years prior to Cromwell's campaign in Ireland.
It would seem karma was alive and well in the history of Cloghleigh Castle. Thank you B-59 for the history link.
Does the young lad's garb help us with dating? (Probably not I guess - young fellas pretty much wore the same jackets and caps for 50 years). What is going on on front of the young fella though? Looks like some weird masking or "photoshopping" (and too "even" to be random damage)?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sam2cents Asymetric arrow conductors is, I think, what they're actually intended to be.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I suspected as much. There are some old farmyards here in Wicklow which are built to a courtyard shape, and the outer walls have arrow /musket slits in them. There's a touch of Fort Apache to them. By the way, is that a toilet shute at the bottom of the tower?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sam2cents Yes, it's a garderobe - see the YouTube video link above at about 19:23. What goes up must come down!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Thanks! 'Garderobe' sounds way too nice a word for it. I'll check that link out. Down is preferable to up in that case. I don't think they were too popular in Japan - there's a legend of a 17th century Ninja climbing up one of those to assassinate a warlord. I doubt anyone ever tried it in Ireland, but I could be wrong.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sam2cents Someone got stabbed through the garderobe in Ireland but I forget who or where; might have been Trim castle.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Ouch! That is a horror story if ever there was one. If it comes to mind let me know, but I'll have a search about and see if there's any records on the web.
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Thanks all for the input! It was hard to keep-up with the successive surrender/recapture/loss cycles surrounding with the castle (and accompanying massarce and retribution). However, I've tried to include a summary in the description. I am struck that, in the dusty descriptions (of dates and battles) its easy to forget that these were very real and messy events. Perhaps we'll find something less scary - before Halloween :)
I wonder if anyone would know who was Moorepark named for.
A Mr Park, presumably. Must have stuck his castle on the moor.