This is believed to have been a 10 year construction contract!! Not bad for starting in 1554, by the FitzGeralds (Earls of Desmond).
Photos from the Conna Castle History Tour for the Gathering in Conna, Co. Cork during the August Bank Holiday 2013.
Thanks to the organisers and for the interest of locals and visitors alike – great turn out!
Notice the ‘murder hole’ high up over the door:
Conna Castle stands on a limestone bluff on the south bank of the river bride.
The castle is a tall tower house, at about 80 feet in height and containing five storeys.
Castle Interior – the timber ceiling of the ground floor is gone, but the vaulted ceiling of the ‘Earl’s Room’ on the 1st floor remains:
Castle Interior – rooms at 3rd and 4th floor [although 4th floor plate is long gone…]:
Top level battlements – again with floor plate and roof long gone. View north west over top of wall:
Don’t fall over!:
Panoramic view from top – south, west & north.
Conna village to left side with River Bride winding its through the fields.