of the O'Briens,until they built Dromoland Castle.
Then, the Castle and its lands were granted to
the Studdert family. They left the castle in
1804 (allowing it to fall into disrepair), to reside in
the more comfortable and modern adjacent
Bunratty House built by the family. The reasons for
the move are bound up in family arguments
over the eldest son marrying his first cousin.
In 1954 the castle was purchased and
restored by the 7th Lord Gort. He reroofed
the castle, and saved it from ruin.
County Clare, Ireland. The river, alongside
the castle, flows into the nearby Shannon.
The present structure was completed by the
MacNamara family around 1425 but 50 years later
was in the hands of the O'Briens, the most
powerful clan in Munster.
Not much is left of this castle named after and possibly
built by Henry Aimbreidh O'Neill, a Gaelic chief who died
in 1392. The castle commands grand views over
the Mourne Valley .
Home of the O'Neills.
15th or early 16th century possibly by
an O'Brien. The basements of
Ballinalacken Castle are thought to have been
built in the 10th century, by another famous
Irish clan, the O'Connor's, who ruled West Corcomroe
in those times. The castle was granted to
Turlough O'Brien. The Ballinalacken O'Briens
can trace their descent from Turlough Don
who died in 1528,