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Castles in Ireland by Geoff Cummings
Fortifications in Ireland
were often built for protection against attacks from other Irish clans.
Sometimes the chieftain of the area built a castle to keep him safe from
attack from his own local people who might rise up in revolt. Castles were
generally austere places to live, unlike some of the ones in England which
were built as royal residences. Irish castles were often dark inside, with
few windows. While it is true most were owned by the heads of clans, kings
or titled English gentry, they were no more than fortified dwellings, for
protection against raids and invaders.
|Round towers were commonly
found built with monasteries protecting treasures, ancient writings. Vikings
had been well known for invading Ireland and attack monasteries, attempting
to destroy anything in their way. Over the past 2,000 years a number
of castles were built in Ireland. Sadly, many are now in ruins, though
still open for the public to see. Some, though, have been restored, and
a lot of time, effort, and money has been put into preserving Ireland`s
Kilkenny Castle (Irish: Caisleán
Chill Chainnigh) is a castle in Kilkenny, Ireland, which I took a tour
around a few years ago.
The east wall and the northeast
tower of the Castle were damaged in 1650 during the siege of Kilkenny by
Oliver Cromwell during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. They were later
Many of you will have heard
of Kilkenny Cats, which portrays the idea of people with opposing views
fighting to the last. No one now knows the real origin of the saying `fighting
like Kilkenny cats` but here`s a poem written about them.
There once were two cats
Each thought there was
one cat too many
So they fought and they
And they scratched and
'Til (excepting their
And the tips of their
Instead of two cats there
|On a recent visit to Trim
in Neath, Ireland, we visited Trim Castle, where the film Braveheart starring
Mel Gibson was made in 1994. Many of the `extras` for the film were local
The castle is the largest
Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, constructed by Hugh de Lacy and his son
Walter over a 30 year period. Known as a `defensive` castle it was built
not so much to protect the local inhabitants - more to keep them under
The Keep is a massive 3 stories
high, and was begun around 1176 on the site of an earlier wooden fortress.
The grounds are accessible to all, but the Keep is only by guided tour
for safety reasons.
Ireland truly has much to
offer the visitor who is interested in its past.
- Featured Kilkenny Hotels
About the Author: Geoff Cummings
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browsing hotels in Kilkenny and surrounding areas
Aspect Hotel Kilkenny is
located in Kilkenny, close to National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny Castle,
and Tholsel. Nearby points of interest also include Black Abbey and Rothe
House. Dining options at Aspect Hotel Kilkenny include a restaurant and
a bar/lounge. A complimentary breakfast is served daily. This 3.0-star
property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, secretarial
services, and audio-visual equipment. Wireless Internet access is available
in public areas. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities
include multilingual staff and laundry facilities. There are 80 guestrooms
at Aspect Hotel Kilkenny. Beds come with premium bedding.
Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel is
located in central Kilkenny, close to Tholsel, National Craft Gallery,
and Kilkenny Castle. Nearby points of interest also include Rothe House
and Black Abbey. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a children's
pool, a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness facility. Spa amenities include
spa services, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and body treatments. Complimentary
wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas.
Room service is available 24 hours a day. A complimentary hot and cold
buffet breakfast is served daily. Guest parking is complimentary.
Additional property amenities include a bar/lounge, a coffee shop/café,
and a children's club. This is a smoke-free property.
Estate Hotel Spa & Convention Centre Kilkenny
Lyrath Estate Hotel Spa
& Convention Centre is located in Kilkenny, close to Kilkenny Castle,
Nowlan Park, and National Craft Gallery. Nearby points of interest also
include Tholsel and Rothe House. Dining options at Lyrath Estate Hotel
Spa & Convention Centre include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room
service is available 24 hours a day. A complimentary breakfast is served
daily. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a children's pool,
a health club, a steam room, and a children's club. The property's full-service
health spa has massage/treatment rooms and beauty services. Wireless Internet
access is available in public areas.Additional property amenities include
valet parking, multilingual staff, and laundry facilities.
Newpark Hotel is a business-friendly
hotel located in Kilkenny, close to St. Canice's Cathedral, Rothe House,
and Nowlan Park. Additional points of interest include Black Abbey and
Tholsel. Dining options at Newpark Hotel include a restaurant and a bar/lounge.
Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a children's pool, a health
club, a spa tub, and a sauna. The property's full-service health spa has
body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services.
This 4.0-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms
and audio-visual equipment. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional
property amenities include a coffee shop/café, a children's club,
and a fitness facility. This is a smoke-free property.
Set in the heart of Kilkenny,
this hotel is close to National Craft Gallery and Kilkenny Castle. Another
nearby attraction is Tholsel. Recreational amenities include a fitness
facility. This 3.0-star property offers small meeting rooms, audio-visual
equipment, and business services. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed
Internet access is available in public areas. This Kilkenny property has
4 meeting rooms. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities
include a bar/lounge and express check-in. This is a smoke-free property.
There are 74 guestrooms at Pembroke Hotel. Bathrooms feature hair dryers.
Wireless Internet access is complimentary.