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posted 03-31-2000 10:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bluewater   Click Here to Email Bluewater     Edit/Delete Message
I'm looking for info on Clonony Castle in Cloghan, Offaly, Ireland. Savoy has lended me great assistance by reffering me to it (it is currently for sale). I know the following thus far (if the seller's info is correct). It's approx 3 miles from Cloghan VIllage, in Offaly Cty, Ireland. Approx 5 miles from Shannon Harbour, where the Grand Canal meets River Shannon. According to the seller, it is probable there's been fortified structures here as early as 13th century and possibly earlier. The main section is suspected to be the still standing 4 story tower on the SW corner of the castilated outer wall. The enclosure is roughly two acres. Remnants of castilation are present. Last recorded mention of activity was early 1800s during construction of the Grand Canal. A tunnel was found linking the castle with the area of the canal. Does anyone know if said tunnel still exists? There were also a number of other buildings adjacent to the keep that are unkown (apparently) at this time. The castle was originally built during reign of Henry VIII of England, & it's quite certain a castle was there in 1519. Said to have many colorful associations (with who though). In addition, a tombstone/slab is outside listing the names Elizabeth and Mary Bullyn; seller says via other info gleamed these people were related to Anne Bollyn (who needs no intro). Does anyone have any more info? Anyone know what castle might have been there in 1519? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


posted 04-01-2000 08:54 AM           Edit/Delete Message
No further data,but a picture and some info about the town.

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posted 04-01-2000 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bluewater   Click Here to Email Bluewater     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for the link! I knew it was a fairly small town, but I didn't know much more (I was planning on researching it later today...thanks for doing that for me lol).



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posted 04-01-2000 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Ball   Click Here to Email John Ball     Edit/Delete Message
According to Mike Salter in his book, `Castles And Stronghouses Of Ireland', the ruined four storey tower measuring 10.6m by 8.2m appears to be well preserved, although it has been somewhat altered, having been occupied until the 19th century. It lies in a small court of mostly 18th or 19th centurybuildings which in turn lie in the east corner of a bawn 52m by 37m within a thin but high embattled wall with rectangular flankers of 17th century type at the east, west and south corners. No wall survives on the NW side where there is a low natural fall of the ground level.

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posted 04-01-2000 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bluewater   Click Here to Email Bluewater     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks John! http://www.iavi.ie/propertyireland/ganlyw/203.html is a link of the ad. I'v talked with Savoy (who owns a tower house in Ireland, and who pointed me to the ad)...it appears to be a decent property (even if one decided to restore it only to the earlier aspects I suspect...ie the tower and the bawn). Thanks for the info!


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