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Fethard Castle

After the arrival of the Anglo-Normans in Ireland in 1169 the district around Fethard was granted to a knight called Hervey de Montmorency.

He then granted the land to Christ Church, Canterbury, England.

 In AD 1200 Canterbury ordered the building of Fethard Castle. However, the Bishop of Ferns, who owned the land in pre-Norman times, successfully contested ownership of the Fethard lands.

 

 

Fethard Castle: A 12th century castle on this site seems to have been a traditional motte-and-bailey type as a low earthen mound survives behind the castle. The present castle dates mainly from the 15th century, courtesy of the Bishop of ferns, and is in reality a fortified house.

 

Fethard Castle: The tall cylindrical bell-tower has a bottle dungeon on the ground floor, possibly known as 'Gadde's Black Pit' used by the bishop in the 16th century as a prison. The tower is crowned with the remains of machicolated battlements.

 

Fethard Castle: In the early 17th century Fethard Castle and estates passed to members of the Loftus family who lived there before moving to Loftus Hall on the Hook peninsula. Fethard Castle is much altered and occupied by tenants of the Loftus estate and was only finally abandoned as late as 1922.

 

Fethard Castle: Was this part of the kitchen or undercroft of Fethard Castle?

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Ring of Hook Index

61a. Ballyhack and the Passage East Ferry 61b. Templetown 61c. Hook Head and Hook Lighthouse 61d. Slade Castle and Slade Harbour 61e. Baginbun Beach 61f. Fethard Castle 61g. Tintern Abbey, Saltmills 61h. Duncannon, Beach, Fort and Harbour

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