Grallagh Castle

Map Reference: S156492 (2156, 1492)

Grallagh Castle is a 16th century tower-house of four storeys. There is a doorway in the west wall near the NW corner and bartizans in the SW and NE corners. The doorway is protected by a possible murder-hole leading from the first floor however damage in this area makes the situation unclear.

The exact nature of the inner doorway cannot be determined since there are two large gaps in the wall at the base of the stairs. There is a single vaulted room at the ground floor. It is lit by narrow slits set within deep recesses.

A straight mural stairway rises to the right of the entrance along the west wall and turns along the south wall at first floor level. There is a single large room above the first vault. There is another vault above the second floor. There is a fireplace at the first floor in the north wall. There are some two-light windows at his level. The stairway continues along the east wall to above the second vault. A short flight of stairs in the north wall leads from the third floor to a garderobe. There is a latrine chute exit in the east wall near the NE corner. There is possibly a hidden chamber or oubliette under the stairs in this wall. A small hole in the wall at second floor indicates a space under the stairs. No entrance to this space can be found. A gap in the stairs (now blocked) at third floor level is the possible entrance. The large room above the second vault has a blind arcade along one wall.

There are also some fine two-light windows with window-seats. There are a number of good slopstones throughout the building. There was a room above this large room which had a fireplace but access to this is not now possible.

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 Audley’s Castle, Co Down 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 Castlerea, 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 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

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