The History of Ballymoon Castle, a lecture by Professor Tadhg O’Keeffe

This lecture in the 2016 Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society (CHAS) lecture series took place on Wednesday 16th March in Bagenalstown Credit Union Meeting Room at 8pm.

Ballymoon Castle, built c.1300 is a striking, unusual building with its granite walls, 8 feet thick & 20 feet high. Among its notable features are the oblong latrine turrets projecting from 3 walls and the fine double fireplace on the north wall which belonged to the great hall.

In what was a well attended and informative talk, Professor Tadhg O’Keeffe Dept. Of Archaeology, UCD, discussed the unique architecture and enigmatic history of this interesting National Monument, which he describes in his recent book ‘Medieval Irish Buildings, 1100-1600’ as ‘one of Irish architectural history’s greatest what if’s‘.

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