Historic Sites

Ballyloughan Castle

Ballyloughan Castle

Ballyloughan Castle was probably built in the 13th century and consisted of a large open courtyard with a curtain wall and a moat outside. Only a small square tower of Ballyloughan Castle remains, as well as the entrance gate which …

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Ballymoon Castle

Ballymoon Castle

Just 3.5 km east of Bagenalstown Ballymoon Castle dates to the 14th century. Ballymoon Castle as striking as it is unusual comprises a courtyard about 80 feet square, surrounded by granite walls, 8 feet thick and 20 feet high. Square …

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Black Castle

Black Castle

The village of Leighlinbridge developed at this strategic crossing on the River Barrow, defended by the Black Castle. In 1181, the Norman, Hugh de Lacy built the first castle here to defend the crossing while the present castle is reported …

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Brownshill Dolmen

Brownshill Dolmen

Brownshill Dolmen near Carlow Town.

One very unmistakable monument dating back to pre-historical times is the great Brownshill Dolmen the east of Carlow town. Brownshill Dolmen has a granite capstone weighing over 100 tonnes, making it the largest of its …

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Carlow Castle

Carlow Castle

Carlow Castle, Carlow Town.

Carlow Castle, now a ruin stands on the eastern bank of the River Barrow. It is thought to have been built by William de Marshal, Earl of Pembroke and Lord of Leinster between 1207 and 1213. …

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Cloch-a-Phoill

Cloch-a-Phoill

Cloch-a-Phoill, Ardristan, Tullow. Co. Carlow. South of Tullow in Ardristan lies Cloch-a-Phoill, a large holed stone of great antiquity which may have once been part of a megalithic tomb. For over 2,000 years it was believed that sick infants if …

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Clonmore Castle

Clonmore Castle

Clonmore Castle,Clonmore, Co Carlow.

Clonmore Castle is square in plan and features rectangular towers at two corners with small turrets at the remaining corners. History indicates that Clonmore Castle was probably built towards the latter end of the 13th century. …

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Clonmore Triple Bullaun Stone

Clonmore Triple Bullaun Stone

Clonmore Triple Bullaun Stone, Clonmore, Co. Carlow

Situated on the approach to Clonmore village in the northeastern corner of Co. Carlow, is the triple bullaun stone, a large natural stone in situ with three hollows scooped out. Triple Bullaun Stone …

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Haroldstown Dolmen

Haroldstown Dolmen

Haroldstown Dolmen, Tullow, Co. Carlow.

Haroldstown Dolmen is a well preserved example of a portal dolmen consisting of two slightly tilted capstones supported by ten vertical stones, two of which acted as the door to the tomb. Near Tullow off …

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Rathgall

Rathgall

Rathgall, Shillelagh Road, Tullow, Co. Carlow.

An extensive hillside fortification with 8th century outer walls and later medieval inner walls. Evidence from excavations carried out at Rathgall suggests that hill forts were constructed from the late Bronze Age (800 BC) …

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