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Carrigafoyle Castle by A90Six

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Featured in Heritage in Stone 6^th^ Nov, 2008.
Featured in Ireland 8^th^ Nov, 2008.


Carrigafoyle Castle
Carrigafoyle Castle – built by Conor Liath O’Connor-Kerry in the 1490s, and considered one of the strongest of Irish fortresses – was a large tower house, of the type particularly common across the north of the province of Munster. It stood on a rock in a small bay off the Shannon estuary, and its name is an anglicisation of the Irish, Carraig an Phoill (“rock of the hole”).

The castle was referred to as the guardian of the Shannon, because of its strategic command of the shipping lanes that supplied the trading city of Limerick, some 20 miles (32 km) upriver. The bay at Carrigafoyle was shielded from the estuary on the northern side by a wooded island. Within the bay, the castle-rock was defended on the west and south sides by a double defensive wall: the inner wall enclosed a bawn, and surrounding this was a moat, which was covered on three sides (the east lay open) by the outer wall, where a smaller tower stood. The tower-keep itself was 86 ft high, and the precipitous sides of the castle-rock were layered with bricks and mortar. At high tide, the walled landing within the moat was capable of accommodating a ship of 100 tons displacement. Wikipedia

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  • Shannon Byous Ruddy
    Shannon Byous ...over 5 years ago

    Fantastic!! What a great shot – looks like it’s from a dream.

  • Thanks Shannon, glad you like it.
    :) Tony.

    – A90Six

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 5 years ago

    Such a wonderful shot. Reflection is unreal!

  • Thanks kala!
    :) Tony.

    – A90Six

  • RavenSoul
    RavenSoulover 5 years ago

    STUNNING!

  • Thanks Vonne!
    :) Tony.

    – A90Six

  • Angel Warda
    Angel Wardaover 5 years ago

    oooh….that is so gorgeous!!!!

  • Thank you Angel!
    :) Tony.

    – A90Six

  • GlennAlderson
    GlennAldersonover 5 years ago

    Fantastic treatment………….works well!

  • Thanks Glenn!
    :) Tony.

    – A90Six

  • andreisky
    andreiskyover 5 years ago

    Just great! HDR and Orton together – supa!

  • Thanks Andrei! Mix ‘n’ Match!
    :) Tony.

    – A90Six

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 5 years ago

    Beautiful light and colour. Get your feet wet did ya? Bob x

  • Just a little, covered in bog-mud though and midges buzzing all around me!
    :) Tony.

    – A90Six

  • guy natav
    guy natavover 5 years ago

    A beautiful depiction of a place that makes me want to go and see the real place
    a rare achievement in my opinion :-)

  • Thanks Guy! Hope you get to go and see it one day!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • blondiegirl
    blondiegirlover 5 years ago

    wow! beautiful in all it’s gblory

  • Thank you Selina!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • rosedew
    rosedewover 5 years ago

    Stunning work!

  • Thanks rosedew!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

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