Castle Barrett

Tower House

Driving from Mallow in Cork, to Mourne Abbey, we were struck but the dramatic silhouette of Castle Barrett The castle stands, in a commanding position, high on a hillside overlooking the Clyda River valley. The fragmentary remains of a late 12th, early 13th century hall house, with a possible 15th century tower house added to the north side stand within a flat-topped earthwork. The 2 metre deep earth-cut fosse can be see in the image shown left. Only three fragments of the two-storey hall remains. The north and east walls of the tower house survive to four storeys. A damaged double ogee-headed window and a double mullioned corner light can be see in the north wall. The castle stands on private property so please seek permission before entering the field, but you can get a great views of the castle from the surrounding roads.

From left to right, NE corner light, NW corner of the tower and double ogee-headed window.

The original castle may have been built by the de Cogans, a norman family, before passing to the Earl of Desmond in 1439. The Barretts acquired the castle in the first part of the 17th century. It was destroyed by Cromwellian forces in c.1651.

Situated: From Mallow head south on the N20. After %.5 Kilometres take a right turn( Signed Mourne Abbey). Then 400m turn right. Then right at the Railway Bar. Then 270 metres turn left. The castle is 500 metres on your left.

Discovery Map 80: W 5596 9265. Last visit June 2018.

Longitude: 8° 38' 33" W

Latitude: 52° 5' 3"N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and José Gutiérrez.

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