Sunday, 22 May 2011

Carrigogunnell Castle Co Limerick

                                                             
There may not be much left of Carrigogunnell Castle but what does remain is quite dramatic especially when viewed for the first time. Set on a volcanic crag in a wide plot of land near the village of Clarina in Co Limerick, It's limesone shell stands like a row of jagged and rotten teeth protruding from the hill.
The Castle is believed to have been constructed around 1449 and housed the O'Brien family. It's unsettled history ended with it surrendering to Cromwell's forces in 1651 and being blown up by an ungodly amount of gunpowder during the second siege of Limerick in 1691.
You can access the castle but it is a trek across what can be somewhat rough terrain at times and a bit of a hike up through some gorse. (Wear appropriate footwear).
To find the Castle, take the N69 from Limerick towards Askeaton. About 6 Miles (10Km) from Limerick take a right turn at Clarina and continue on through the village until you reach a T- Junction. Turn left and then take the first right. Along this road you will get your first glimpse of Carrigogunnell to your left hand side. Car parking is restricted to the road, so do so carefully

Photos: G Hill 2011

8 comments:

  1. wonderful site, folks.... lovely....

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  3. As well as Moydrum Castle (See 30 March 2013 posting) this ruin also features on U2's Unforgettable Fire album artwork. This time on the back cover of the album. While i'm here I'd like to thank you for your wonderful Blog. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks for the info Neal and thank you for your interest in the blog.

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  4. used to go camping there every summer and there were 4 of us there in August 1984 when U2 showed up. did we have a camera ?? of course not !!
    they hadn't quite cracked into the big time at that stage. even showed the edge how to climb the tricky first stage of the tower.

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  5. used to go camping there every summer and there were 4 of us there in August 1984 when U2 showed up. did we have a camera ?? of course not !!
    they hadn't quite cracked into the big time at that stage. even showed the edge how to climb the tricky first stage of the tower.

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  6. used to go camping there every summer and there were 4 of us there in August 1984 when U2 showed up. did we have a camera ?? of course not !!
    they hadn't quite cracked into the big time at that stage. even showed the edge how to climb the tricky first stage of the tower.

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    1. Hi Matt

      Great story. The edge on the edge eh!

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