Tower House

The day we visited was really awful, a constant downpour. I managed to get a few pics I could use but hopefully I will get a closer inspection of the castle in the future. The castle is believed to have been built by the Anglo-Norman family of de Sygan who settled here after the norman invasion in 1172. The earliest records of the family refer to Thomas Syggen of 1342. The family was dispossessed by the Cromwellian and the lands were granted to William Jacob in 1667. The tower survives to the wall walk and the, now blocked up, doorway in the north wall was protected by a machicolation. The tower house has excellent quoin stones.

From the east

Situated: From Tagoat head southwest on the R736 for 4 kilometres and turn left at the crossroads for Tacumshin. After 1k turn left. 1.2k turn right go1.5k and finally turn left. The castle is 100 metres down here on the right.

Discovery Map 77: T 0625 0705. Last visit Aug 2016.

Longitude: 6° 26' 44" W

Latitude: 52° 12' 19" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson.

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