Saturday, January 30, 2010

Trim Castle Trim, Co Meath

Trim Castle built in 1100's is Irelands largest castle and is also the largest Norman Castle in Europe, it was built for Hugh De Lacy. It was made famous in more recent times when used in the movie Braveheart.  It was important to the Normans as it was the capital of the county Meath at the time and it was the western  edge of 'The Pale'. This was the region on the East coast that was under the control of the English untill the middle ages, it was controlled locally by Norman Knights planted by the English. Even today the derogatory name for people from this area is West Brits.
It was used in the 1500's as a meeting place for the Norman-Irish Parliment and was one of the locations mentioned for the site of Trinity College founded in 1590.
The Castle keep


Views of Walls and moate, where the wall is gone parts of the internal structure can be seen.


7 comments:

Leisha Camden said...

Great shots!!! Even better than the ones on my postcard. ;-)

Paz said...

thanks, I was hoping to get to walk around inside and take some shots there, but its closed at the moment.

Leisha Camden said...

Aw, that's too bad. But maybe you'll get another chance, if it's closed only temporarily. :-)

Paz said...

This kind of thing angers me, you have a big castle 30 minutes from Dublin not far from Newgrange etc and its closed weekdays, even if they dont get enough people in to open the Castle Keep (only guided tours) the Office of Public works are on site during the winter.

Leisha Camden said...

Closed on weekdays ... ??? OK, now you've shocked me, I thought that kind of stupidity only happened in this country. :-o

Not even open on weekdays in the summer??

Paz said...

sorry for 4 months of the year its closed, depending on when Easter falls, ie the later Easter the later it opens.

Leisha Camden said...

Oh, OK. But still. Aren't there lots of tourists in Dublin all year round??