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Aughnanure Stronghold

Listed under Castles & Palaces in West Coast Ireland, Ireland.

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This 16th century O’Flaherty stronghold by the Drimneen River is one of the best preserved of the castles of the gaelic-speaking native chiefs. The main tower stands complete with a roof and double-stepped battlements, although not all of the original six storeys now have floors. As was usual in this part of Ireland the hall lies at the top, over a vault, and the chief’s private rooms lie below it. There are bartizans with machicolations or defensive slots covering the entrance doorway and the base of the walls. The tower lies within an inner bawn or court with one circular flanker, and there is a larger outer bawn with several flankers and remains of a fine hall.

Written by  Mike Salter.

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