Clonony Castle

Map Reference: N052205 (2052, 2205)

Clonony Castle dates from the 16th century and was lived in until modern times. It sits on a rocky outcrop at the SE corner of a bawn. The gateway to the bawn is in the W wall and is protected by a machicolation. There are remains of flanking towers at the NW, SW and SE corners. All the flankers are well provided with defensive loops. The N wall is missing.

The entrance to the tower is in the W wall and there are traces of a machicolation at roof level. A spiral stairway rises to the right of the entrance. The ground floor room has a small window in the N wall and a large window in the S wall set within a deep recess. There are possible fireplaces in the E wall at ground floor and first floor levels. There was a vault above the second floor and the walls were plastered. There appears to be a small chamber at the first floor in the S wall near the E end. The windows at the first floor in the E and S walls and the NW corner are set within deep recesses.

There is a passage along the W wall at the first floor and a murder-hole leading from this guards the doorway. The stairway is broken above first floor level and does not appear to continue beyond the vault.

View of the tower-house through the gateway

Some wicker-marks on the underside of the vault

A view of the murder-hole

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