Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Dromore Castle Co Limerick

Dromore Castle was designed in the Gothic revival style by Edward William Godwin and built for the Earl of Limerick in the early 1870's. It was abandoned by the family during World War 1 and finally sold in 1939. It's slow descent into decay began in the 1950's when the roof was removed to avoid rates being applied to the building and was later listed for demolition, although thankfully this has not come to pass. The present owners live in a nearby house. The castle achieved some fame in the 1980's when film director Neil Jordan chose it to feature in his ghostly comedy "High Spirits".
It consists of a three storey block, side tower and a round tower to the rear. It is not possible to access the interior but the view of the castle from the outside is breathtaking.
The castle lies on a hill by a lake in a large copse in a forest. When we visited there was a sign on the entrance gate that said private property (which it is) but the gate was open and there is a nice lodge house just inside. We got no answer from the lodge but in the windows were some ghastly looking skulls with candles protruding from the tops (souvenirs from High Spirits perhaps?). We decided to walk up the forest road in the hope of meeting the owners to ask if we could visit the castle but about 10 minutes later we suddenly came out of the woods in full view of the castle itself. It was worth the walk. We had a browse around and took a few photos then decided we had intruded enough. We may have been lucky to get access that day but it's still worth your while to see if you can get permission, you wont be disappointed.
To find Dromore take the N69 out of Limerick toward Askeaton (the site of another ruin!) After Kildimo look for a right hand turn around Glenameade. it is a narrow road but you will see a gateway on the right with a lodge house. Parking is tight but can be done easily enough.


  1. I have created a little video with my solo guitar version of the Castle of Dromore. I would like to use a few of these pics with your permission. If it is alright with you, please tell me how you would like to be accredited in the description.

    Thank You,
    John Francis

    1. Hi John

      I certainly don't mind you using some of the pics. Just state with permission of Ireland In Ruins Blog and that will be fine. Let me know when and where your video is available I would love to hear your guitar solo.

    2. Thank you so much! The previously unlisted video which I posted for you and a few others a few days ago has now been made public. It can be viewed at:

      The credit with link is in the description. You may need to click "show more." If you can think of anything that I may need to change or add, please let me know.

      Best Always,

  2. In my childhood I used to run through every inch of that place with my cousins. In the 1970's it was "the" place for local teenagers to gather. Nearly every inch in there can be explored, especially a HUGE main hall room with an amazing fireplace. I also remember that the stone stairway in the tower goes about 3/4 of the way up until you come to a part where about 8 feet of the stairway had fallen away -creating a 'mysterious' ambiance as you looked up and wondered what lay at the top!!!

    1. Hi

      That must have been great as a child to have a playground like that! Thanks for sharing the info. Hopefully some day I'd like to get a look inside myself.