I’ve seen a lot of this castle on the internet in recent weeks. Most of that has been photos on Facebook that people have been sharing. I’ve never actually been to this castle in Co. Kerry, but I figured it’d be nice to compile a few photos, and some video, of it, and share it here with some facts about the castle’s history. The look of the castle alone intrigues me, and makes me want to have a wander around it, which I will certainly do, next time I’m in Kerry.
(for photo credits – see below)
Carrigafoyle Castle – built by Conor Liath O’Connor-Kerry in the 1490s
The castle stood on a rock in a small bay off the Shannon estuary, and its name is an anglicisation of the Irish, Carraig an Phoill (“rock of the hole”).
The Siege of Carrigafoyle Castle took place at Easter in 1580 near modern-day Ballylongford, County Kerry, Ireland
Following the two day siege the castle was breached and taken on Palm Sunday 1580.
During the siege all the occupants, comprising nineteen Spanish and fifty Irish, were massacred.
Such was the damage to Carrigafoyle Castle that it was never repaired.
Opposite the castle is the medieval Church of Carrigafoyle which is built in the same style as the castle.