Shane's Castle, County Antrim

Shane's Castle, County Antrim

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Shane’s Castle is picturesque and settled on the shore of Lough Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles, near Randalstown, County Antrim.
 
Built in the 14th century this magnificent castle can look back to a long history. Called Eden-duff-Carrick it was founded by a member of the O’Neill dysnasty and changed its name to Shane’s Castle in 1722. Unfortunately the castle was destroyed in 1816 by a fire, so only the remains can be seen today. The only surviving building of this devastating fire is a greenhouse with an extensive collections of camellias.
 
Shane’s Castle is still in the possession of the O’Neills family and is normally closed for the public. However Shane’s Castle is also playing host one a year to the Irish Game Fair & Country Lifestyle Festival in summer, Ireland’s biggest game fair with lots of activities four young and old.
 
Ireland’s largest paintball park is also home to Shane’s Castle large premises and is a fun way to spend some time.
 
Having such a long history it is no wonder that many myths and legends are ranked with this ancient building and the family that’s has lived there ever since. The most famous one is by far the legend of the Banshee of the O’Neills. Warning of the upcoming death of a family member the Banshee is a well-known figure in Irish mythology and many of the very old and noble families claim to hear the wailing and morning of the spirit. However none of them is probably on first name basis with their messenger from the underworld. Having an own name, Maeveen, and an own room in the burned down castle the Banshee of the O’Neills is truly unique.

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