Kilbrittain Castle is the oldest inhabited castle in Ireland. The Castle is said to date from 1035 where the original fortress was thought to have been built by Mahon, grandson of Brian Boru. It has been occupied by Irish chieftains, Norman invaders, Cromwellian troops and Anglo-Norman planters. Known to have been in the hands of the Norman family of de Courcey and extended in the 13th Century, Kilbrittain Castle was the principal seat of MacCarthy family, Princes of Carbery, from the early 15th century. They lost it and won it back again many times over the years. One time while Lord Kinsale was in possession he undertook to look after a white weasel or ferret owned by Donal McCarthy or forfeit the castle. The animal died on his hands and McCarthy Reagh was given the Castle! A younger brother of Silken Thomas was given refuge here in 1535 with his aunt, Lady Eleanor Fitzgerald, wife of McCarthy Reagh. The McCarthys supported James II and following his defeat it was sold to the Hollow Sword Co. In June 1703 the company bought a large estate in county Cork, confiscated from a number of attainted persons. However within about
There is said to be a tunnel connecting Kilbrittain Castle to Coolmain
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Forts or Castles • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 51° 40.299′ N, 8° 40.655′ W. Marker is in Kilbrittain, Munster, in County Cork. Marker is on Munster Route R603, on the right when traveling north. Marker is on a building ruins set back from the road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kilbrittain, Munster P72, Ireland. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Book of Lismore (here, next to this marker); Triangulation Pillar (approx. 10.9 kilometers away); Nineteenth Century Ship's Bollard (approx. 10.9 kilometers away); RMS Lusitania Lifeboat Davit (approx. 11 kilometers away); Lusitania Memorial Garden (approx. 11 kilometers away); Old Head of Kinsale / An Seancheann (approx. 11 kilometers away); R. M. S. Lusitania (approx. 11 kilometers away); Victims of the RMS Lusitania Sinking (approx. 11 kilometers away).
Also see . . . Kilbrittain, Ireland. (Submitted on September 15, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 85 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 15, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.