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KILDARE'S FORTIFIED CATHEDRAL ANDLISMORE CASTLE: THE WALLS OF WEXFORD AND CARRICKFERGUS

KILDARE'S FORTIFIED CATHEDRAL ANDLISMORE CASTLE: THE WALLS OF WEXFORD AND CARRICKFERGUS

Kildare cathedral (bottom left) has a tower with as much the look of a castle keep as of the belfry of a church and the bays have more masonry than glass. The arches containing each light are tall and narrow and well adapted for shooting.Lismore (bottom right) was originally founded by Prince, afterwards King, John in 1185.It was for a time the property of Sir Walter Raleigh and besieged in the Civil War.The sixth Duke of Devonshire practically rebuilt it in the earl}' nineteenth century.The walls of Wexford (top left) and a few towers are still standing in part, and recall the intaking of 1649 under Cromwell.Carrickfergus (top right), Co. Antrim, was first built in 1178, and commands what was once the chief harbour in Belfast Lough.

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