Ballinacarriga Castle

Map Reference: W288508 (1288, 0508)

Ballinacarriga Castle is a four-storey tower-house set high on a rock with the remains of the corner turret of a bawn close by. The entrance in the E wall leads to a vaulted lobby with a guardroom to the S and the main chamber straight ahead. A short flight of steps to the N leads to a spiral stairway in the NE corner. The eastern portion of the castle is occupied by 6 small chambers, one above the other. These may be entered from the main chambers at the first and second floors but otherwise they are accessible from the spiral stair. There are two wall bartizans entered from the second floor room which has a vaulted ceiling. The first floor has a fireplace and a decorated window. The spiral stairway rises to the top room and a straight mural stairway goes to roof level.

The top room has two windows decorated with scriptural subjects, including the Crucifixion and Instruments of the Passion. There are other decorative panels including the inscription 1585 R.M.C.C. (Randal Muirhily and his wife Catherine O Cullane).

There is a sheila-na-gig set on the outside E wall at first floor level.

The castle may be a century older than 1585 when the upper storey was probably modified.

Here are some fresh views of Ballinacariga Castle supplied by Liam Bennett

Some More Photos of Ballinacarriga Castle

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