Friday, May 21, 2010

Doonbeg Castle remains, county Clare

Doonbeg gets its name from this spot, it means small fort on which spot this castle was built, in the 16th Century for the Earl of Thomond, Daniel O'Brien. But it was seized in 1585 by Turlough McMahon, he died 10 years later after a long siege where the OBriens seized the castle and hung the entire garrison back to back! O'Brien who supported Queen Elizabeth was given McMahons lands and the castle.
Even though it lacked gables in 1893, people still lived in parts of it up to 1930. The mossy covered upper floor was used by locals as a picnic spot with its private location and views of the sea.