This Castle may be considered a typical example of the stronghold of an Irish Chieftain during the Middle Ages
The date of its foundation is uncertain but it was probably built in the late 15th century by one of the ODonoghue Ross chieftains. It is surrounded by a fortified bawn, its curtain walls defended by circular flanking towers, two of which remain. Much of the bawn was removed by the time the Barrack building was added on the south side of the castle sometime in the middle of the 18th century. The castle contains 16th and 17th century oak furniture.
For more information and to arrange a visit go to Ross Castle.
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Text courtesy of Heritage Ireland.