Donal Cam O'Sullivan Beare (1561-1618) commanded the Munster forces at the Battle of Kinsale in 1601. Later, after … [Continue Reading]

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Within walking distance of Carriganass Castle is another historic monument, this time one that existed long before Donal … [Continue Reading]

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Carriganass Castle tower was built in about 1541 by clan chieftain Dermot O'Sullivan Beare.   The site he chose … [Continue Reading]

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Carriganass Castle -- on the outskirts of Kealkill village, in the heart of West Cork -- played a dramatic role in one of Irish history's most exciting stories.

 
In 1602, the castle's owner, Donal Cam O'Sullivan Bere, led his followers past its gates on a march to Leitrim that would see him join the Flight of the Earls from Ireland; that flight itself marked the end of Gaelic civilisation in Ireland.
 
Today's visitors can explore the picturesque castle grounds, and many walkers each year take advantage of the waymarked routes that wend their way past this amazing monument at Carraig an Easa - 'the rock of the waterfall'.
 
Your visit to West Cork isn't complete until you've taken a walk through history at Carriganass.

Summer Opening Hours

During the summer, the castle is open every day from 9am until 5pm. It can be opened at other times, by appointment.

Scenes from Carriganass

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Carriganass Castle tower was built in about 1541 by clan chieftain Dermot O'Sullivan Beare.   The site he chose was at the eastern end of the O'Sullivan clan territory, and it is the best surviving ruin of the four O'Sullivan Beare castles. Carriganass was built in the 'tower-house' style which was popular in Ireland from the 14th to the … [Read More...]

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