Ballyteige Castle



Map Reference: S967043 (2967, 1043)



I have not had the opportunity to examine this castle in detail. It is on private ground and the photo was taken from some distance. However it appears to be a tower-house standing to full height with a smaller round tower at some distance. The castle stands close to and may be part of a more recent complex of buildings. There is a very good published description in the Archaeological Inventory of County Wexford. Basically it is a four-storey tower-house with a loft over the ground-floor vault and an attic. There are stepped battlements and lookout platforms. There is a projecting tower at the SE corner. The published account gives a detailed description of the interior of the castle. Read it , please, and appreciate the information. Details of the bawn are difficult to see from the roadside. The tower-house stands at the SE corner and there are round towers at the NW and NE corners. The gateway which is in the south wall is protected by a machicolation. The Whitty family are associated with Ballyteige from the 13th century. Art MacMurrough burned it in 1408 and the tower-house may have been built after that. The Whittys remained in possession until 1654.



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