A guide to the best and sometimes off the beaten track historical ruins around Ireland and how to get there.
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 here) 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.
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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.ReplyDelete
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.
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:Delete
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.
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!!!ReplyDelete
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.
Is that the castle is maintained ?? and is it possible to contact the owner?
As far as I know the property is not maintained and the last I heard was that the the owners are a private investment company. Unfortunately I don't have any idea who to contact.
Hi, the castle used to belong to my husband's family. They sold it in the 60s (I think) and sadly the new owners fell on hard times in the 70s and took the roof off to avoid tax. Then the castle was plundered for all its features such as floors, fireplaces, marble etc. We visited it in 2001/2002 and met the owner who lived in the stable block below. He fantasised about renovating the castle one day. It is an amazing place and my father in law remembers staying there as a child when it was still in one piece. Sad to see it as a ruin but glad it gives so many kids pleasure and that worries about liability insurance doesn't mean that it is barricaded off. I hope we can take our kids there one day to visit.Delete
PS, the owner in 2002 was someone by the surname of Kelly. Not sure about now. he lived in the stable block below the castle.Delete
PPS, got my dates wrong, the roof came off in the 50s so I guess it was sold prior to then as I know my husband's family didn't take the roof off.Delete
thank you, castle hunter, I will soon see this place, it's a shame to spoil this wonder.ReplyDelete
I will return someday too. I hope you get to have a look inside.Delete
My wife and I will be traveling to Ireland in July, 2015, I hope to be able to visit Dromore Castle, if time permits. I first saw the castle in the movie "High Spirits", and fell in love with the architecture. Looking forward to our visit.ReplyDelete
Well worth your while taking a look. Its located in such a pleasant setting as well. Have a good trip!
Hi. It's possible to explore inside. Clash hunter I will be there end of the month. While I'm here. Do you know a goog place fpr the night ? Pub celtic music .. ?ReplyDelete
Hi John. It's on private land so I don't think you can access the inside. We stayed in the Clarion suites in limerick and found some good Irish music at Dolan's pub on Dock Rd Limerick. Enjoy your visit!Delete
Thank you for the informations. ByeDelete
Thank you for the informations. ByeDelete
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Hello there, I have a question: very close to Dromore Castle just beside northern road are some ruins of square building with hole in the middle of it. Does anybody knows what is that or what was that please? For any answer t y v m. AdamReplyDelete
Hi Adam. I'm not familiar with Northern Road. Can you tell me where it is in relation to Dromore Castle entrance gates?ReplyDelete
my gallery of that castle here: https://goo.gl/photos/PQc48L9SttUNXUFZ9ReplyDelete
Brilliant photos Krzysztof great to see thos interior shots. I will have to return again soon.Delete
Would the current owners not sell it on as I was there today and it’s still possible to get to the fifth floor up the spiral staircase, it’s a real shame to see it in that state and it’s obvious they can’t afford to renovate it back to its former glory if they purchased it in 1950’sReplyDelete
I would like to go there soon is it often watched ?ReplyDelete
Came across this site while doing some research. After reading some of the comments here I thought I’d add some information. Two things really. First, is the current owner purchased the property in the mid 1980's from what I understand and had fantastic plans to restore it but the plans weren't backed by any state agency and insurance for the works made restoration completely uneconomical. Second is, in reply to Johns 5th of Sept comment, it is watched, I work in the there from time to time. The property is private property and the owner has the castle closed off because it simply isn't safe to enter.ReplyDelete
I understand it's normal. I hope they can restore it. greetingsDelete
Thanks for adding that info YuKnoMeeReplyDelete
Here is some recent filming I made.ReplyDelete
Wonderful aerial shots.It is sad to see the interior of this remarkable edifice so overgrown inside.Delete
The man who built it was utterly delighted that his Irish tenants were decidedly rebellious (I nearly said they were revolting, but thought better of it!)because this meant that he could built a proper, fortified castle rather than one of those mansions that merely look like one. It is properly defensible. Just look at it, no windows on the lower floors(to speak of)and it had genuine loopholes from which you could shoot at anyone daring to 'have a go'. It's real problem was that, from the word go, it was damp and no amount of work seemed to be able to fix it. After all, it's a lot smaller(and solider!)than many other Irish houses that survived Ireland's turbulent C20th and I think this is generally considered to be the real reason why it was abandoned.ReplyDelete
Interesting thoughts on that. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
On google maps the gate you speak of looks very closed and has many large NO TRESPASSING signs. https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-8.8423552,3a,53.1y,27.2h,87.63t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1scq2XBWrBRpF72n8TH_hn1Q!2e0!7i16384!8i8192ReplyDelete
How do/can you get on the property??
Hi Jill, It was inevitable I suppose that they would lock up the property. It's a few years since I was there so it's good to have an update. That at the time seemed the only point of entry. Perhaps someone reading might share some info.Delete