Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Dromore Castle Co Limerick
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! See post http://irelandinruins.blogspot.com/2011/05/askeaton-castle-co-limerick.html ) 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.