The White Castle, Athy


Map Reference: S682940 (2682, 1940)

Athy was important because it commanded a ford over the River Barrow. The White Castle was built in the 16th century to control the bridge.



It may be named after James 'White', Earl of Desmond and Lieutenant of the English King, who slew many of the O More Irish at Athy in 1420. It is said that the sun stood still for three hours to facilitate the slaughter.





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