A recent family weekend away gave me an opportunity to get out with my camera, so with the buggy packed and my youngest son Dylan on board off we set to explore the town of Nenagh. Now from previous experience ruin hunting and little children do not always work out well, but then hey ‘what trouble could happen exploring a town’??? Now from our hotel I could clearly make out the top of a tower and it was ‘nt too hard to find but wouldn’t you know the grounds were closed and didn’t open until after lunch time. It was a Sunday morning and we were all heading home. So I had to resign myself to a couple of shots from a wall and through the main gate. Yet another site to add to my bucket list for a return visit. And one that I am looking forward to. What clearly stands out is the 100 ft high Tower house that once served as the keep of Nenagh Castle, it is believed to be Nenaghs oldest building and was once surrounded by walls with a gatehouse and two defensive towers. Whilst the Keep looks to be in a good state of repair, only the remains of the gatehouse and a small tower remain.The Castle was completed in 1220 by Theobald Fitzwalter whose family went on to become the Earls of Ormond and it became the main seat of the Butler family.The walls at the base of the castle are “splayed”, which gave the Castle protection from canon fire, and the subsequent curvature of the walls allowed missiles dropped from above to ricochet outwards upon would be assailants. Also found on the wall is a “machicolation”. This is a stone platform that projects from the third floor, resulting in an overhang on top of attackers. The platform had a central opening, through which defenders dropped an array of missiles down directly on the heads of those below.
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