the mighty Shannon River, was finally destroyed
by the armies of Cromwell. What is left of it, still
stands as a silhouette of power that once was
Standing a craggy rock, high above the Shannon Estuary,
this was once the stronghold of the mighty O'Brien clan.
Built in the 15th century, it was destroyed by Williamites
in 1691. Legend tells of an evil witch who lit a candle
every evening on the rock, whose light after nightfall
slew all that saw it. The great warrior Finn MacCool,
protected by an enchanted cap, scaled the rock
rock and hurled the witches candle into the Shannon.
Also on the inside cover of U2's Unforgettable Fire Album
Kings of Leinster. With the arrival of the
Normans, it passed to Strongbow by
marriage. Strongbow's son-in-law started
work on the outer walls and the great tower
in the early 1200's. Destroyed by Cromwell
during his rein of terror in Ireland. Located
in Co. Laois.
of Galway Bay, Gleninagh Castle was built in the late 1500's
by the O' Loughlin family. They disposed of it in the
mid 1600s, but later regained ownership of the
castle and were it's last inhabitants when it was
abandoned around 1840.