Ring of Kerry Tourist Guide - must go places in Ireland, County Kerry, Iveragh Peninsula

Ballycarbery Castle, Cahersiveen 13.02.2009

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ll start a little Iveragh Peninsula Guide, including places which are surounded by a kind of magic. So here we go: Ballycarbery Castle in Kerry!
Ballycarbery Castle is a castle 3km from Caherciveen, County Kerry. The castle faces the sea and is a short distance from Cahergall Fort and Leacanabuile Fort. There was some kind of residence situated on the site of the castle as early as 1398 however the present ruins were constructed in the 16th century. It was noted as a McCarthy Mor castle by some sources at that time but whether it was occupied by the McCarthy Mors or their wardens the O'Connells is unknown. The castle was passed onto Sir Valentine Browne following the death of its owner Daniel McCarthy Mor. In 1652 it was attacked by cannon-fire from parliament forces. In the 18th century a house was built on the site using the barn wall and it was inhabited by the Lauder family. This house was demolished in the early 20th century. All images © Madeleine Weber

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