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WHERE DUNDRUM'S CRUMBLING KEEP STANDS HIGH ABOVE THE SHORE OF THE IRISH SEA

WHERE DUNDRUM'S CRUMBLING KEEP STANDS HIGH ABOVE THE SHORE OF THE IRISH SEA

On Dundrum Bay, an inlet of the coast of County Down, is the small seaside town of Dundrura, and dominating it is the old keep of the castle. This was built by Sir John de Courcy during the twelfth century as a stronghold for the order of the Knights Templars. It has, compared with most other Irish castles, a particularly fine circular keep with tremendously thick walls built upon a knoll. There are also traces of various outworks, some towers and a barbican defending the entrance. During Cromwell's invasion and subjection of Ireland these ancient walls were dismantled after the Roundhead fashion, and thereafter left to decay of their own accord.

Other pictures from The Castles of Ireland


TWENTY-SIDED KEEP OF TRIM CASTLE BY THE BANKS OF THE RIVER BOYNE

ST. LAWRENCE GATE AT ILL-FATED DROGHEDA

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