Taaffe's Castle, Carlingford

Map Reference: J189117 (3189, 3117)

This rectangular tower-house is four storeys high plus the roof walk. It has a projecting turret at the SW corner. The original entrance was in the W wall beside the turret. It was protected by a small machicolation. To the left of the entrance a short passage led to a spiral stairway in the NW corner. This led to the second floor and was protected by a murder-hole.

Another spiral stairway in the SW corner led from the second floor to the roof. There are garderobes at three levels in the NE corner. The tower is vaulted above the first floor. This part of the castle was built in the early 16th century. Later in that century a two-storey rectangular addition was built against the N wall.

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