I mentioned in a previous post that one of my favorite things to do while in Ireland was simply to drive and explore the countryside. The winding roads and rolling hills were captivating in their natural beauty. Because of this we probably missed things that we “should” have seen as tourists, but I also think because of this we saw things that others may have missed.
This abandoned run down castle was our favorite discovery. We spent an hour or so just walking around it, taking pictures, and talking. It was a really cool spot and I couldn’t help but wonder what happened to allow it to get into such disrepair, so I did a little digging.
Allow me to introduce you to Cullahill Castle built by Finghin MacGillapatrick in approximately 1425. The structure was originally five stories and made entirely of stone. Apparently the castle underwent attack many times, but ultimately met its demise in 1650 due to cannon fire by Oliver Cromwell’s troops. Fascinating, right?
Anyhow, when you go driving through the countryside in the United States, you might run across the world’s largest ball of yarn, but not a castle. If I lived in Ireland I know I would spend endless hours on the road headed nowhere.