Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Ferrycarrig Tower

Opposite this site in Ferrycarrig on the banks of the Slaney in Co Wexford the first Norman stronghold was built in Ireland by Robert FitzStephen to protect the ferry crossing to Wexford town. 
This tower was built in the 1400's by the Roche family who came over with the Norman invasion and is one of the few tower castles built as a military stronghold as opposed to a tower to defend landowner.
The round tower he Round Tower modeled on the early Catholic monastery towers on the opposite bank was built in 1858 as a memorial to the men of Wexford who lost their lives in the Crimean War, underneath the tower was the site of the first Norman Castle
View of Slaney from Castle

No comments: