Audley’s Castle


Map Reference: J578506 (3578, 3506)

This 15th century tower-house is named after the 16th century owner, John Audley. It stands on a small hillock with a steep drop to the lough below.



The three-storey tower is vaulted above the first floor. Flanking towers project towards the south-east from the south and east corners. These towers are connected by an arch at roof level. This acts as a machicolation and the doorway at the base of the south tower is well protected. The entrance leads to a small lobby and a spiral stairway rises to roof level. A murder-hole leads from the stairway to guard the entrance to the ground floor room.



The other corner tower has latrines at the first and second floors. There is a double latrine chute exit at the base of the north-east wall close to the east corner, The castle originally stood at the north corner of a bawn but only the foundations of this now remain.



The corbelled ceiling of one of the small chambers



A slop-stone



One of the small corner Turrets

For details of some other Tower Houses click on the following links

Ballynalacken, Co Clare Ballyportry, Co Clare Cratloemoyle, Co Clare Gleninagh, Co Clare Smithstown, Co Clare Ballinacarriga, Co Cork Carrickadroichid, Co Cork Dunmanus, Co Cork Buncrana, Co Donegal Jordan’s Castle, Co Down Kilclief, Co Down Narrow Water, Co Down Dunsoghly, Co Dublin Ardamullivan, Co Galway Drumharsna, Co Galway Feartagar, Co Galway Lydacan, Co Galway Ballymalis, Co Kerry Ballybur, Co Kilkenny Burnchurch, Co Kilkenny Foulksrath, Co Kilkenny Rockstown, Co Limerick Moydow, Co Longford Ardee, Co Louth Killincoole, Co Louth Dunmahon, Co Louth Roodstown, Co Louth Termonfeckin, Co Louth Kildavnet, Co Mayo Kinlough, Co Mayo Rockfleet, Co Mayo Donore, Co Meath Lynch’s Castle, Co Meath Clonony, Co Offaly Shrah, Co Offaly Ballyfinboy, Co Tipperary Ballyvada, Co Tipperary Grallagh, Co Tipperary Graystown, Co Tipperary Lisronagh, Co Tipperary Moycarkey, Co Tipperary Tombrickane, Co Tipperary Syonan, Co Westmeath Tyrrelspass, Co Westmeath Kilcloggan, Co Wexford Rathmacknee, Co Wexford Taghmon, Co Wexford Threecastles, Co Wicklow



Return to County Down List
Return to Gazetteer