Lisfinny Castle

Lisfinny Castle lies on a farm next to the hamlet of Tallowbridge, in County Waterford in Ireland.

Lisfinny Castle was probably built around 1460 by the Earl of Desmond. It was built on a hillside above the River Bride. After the Second Desmond Rebellion, during which the castle had been garrisoned by Spanish soldiers, the castle was granted to Sir Walter Raleigh in 1587.

In 1602 the castle was purchased from Raleigh by Sir Richard Boyle, the Earl of Cork, but by 1641 it was already described as a ruin. In later centuries the castle was left a ruin and a new Georgian house was built beside it.

In 1888 it served as a fortified building one last time. The then lessee of Lisfinny, Douglas Pyne, choose to support the tenants in the Land War. When the authorities came to arrest him, he had baricaded himself in the castle with a big store of provisions. The police then set up tents around the castle and waited. Pyne managed to escape on a foggy morning when the police weren't paying attention.

Lisfinny Castle is situated on a private farm so it is not accessible. A nice tower, I am curious about its interior.


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Lisfinny Castle

Lisfinny Castle lies on a farm next to the hamlet of Tallowbridge, in County Waterford in Ireland.

Lisfinny Castle was probably built around 1460 by the Earl of Desmond. It was built on a hillside above the River Bride. After the Second Desmond Rebellion, during which the castle had been garrisoned by Spanish soldiers, the castle was granted to Sir Walter Raleigh in 1587.

In 1602 the castle was purchased from Raleigh by Sir Richard Boyle, the Earl of Cork, but by 1641 it was already described as a ruin. In later centuries the castle was left a ruin and a new Georgian house was built beside it.

In 1888 it served as a fortified building one last time. The then lessee of Lisfinny, Douglas Pyne, choose to support the tenants in the Land War. When the authorities came to arrest him, he had baricaded himself in the castle with a big store of provisions. The police then set up tents around the castle and waited. Pyne managed to escape on a foggy morning when the police weren't paying attention.

Lisfinny Castle is situated on a private farm so it is not accessible. A nice tower, I am curious about its interior.


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