Roscommon Castle, County Roscommon

Roscommon Castle, County Roscommon

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Located on a little hillside just outside town, Roscommon Castle was once an imposing castle and dates from the 13th century. It was built at the height of the Norman power in Ireland and was the centre of a constant embattlement between the local Irish clans and the Norman and later English forces for centuries, eventually being destroyed in 1690. Today it is largely in ruins and one has to imagine how majestic and fearsome this castle would once have been.
 
Built in 1269 by Robert de Ufford to protect the Norman interests in the region, by the early 14th century the Gaelic O’Connors were in command of the castle and held it for almost 200 hundred years, until it was seized in the late 16th century on behalf of Queen Elizabeth I of England. It fell again during the Cromwellian period, before succumbing to near total destruction by fire in 1690.
 
In its original form it once it featured D-shaped towers in its four corners, each being about three storeys high, with a pair of towers to guard the entrance gateway. Curtain walls also enclosed the castle. Over the centuries, it was remodelled by its various occupants and one can still see the evidence of the different architectural flavours of the Normans and Elizabethans eras.
 
Today the national monument is bedded in Loughnaneane Park and accessible for public during daylight hours.
 

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