Rossbrin Castle

Rossbrin Castle lies at the entrance of Rossbrin Cove in the townland of the same name, in County Cork in Ireland.

Rossbrin Castle is said to have been built in 1310 but the remains are 15th or 16th century. It was a stronghold of the O'Mahonys and the most easterly of their castles in West Cork.

In 1562 it was forfeited, when Donal O'Mahony was executed in Cork for piracy on the high seas. In 1565 the castle was restored to Finn O'Mahony and his son Cornelius, on the basis of a tenancy only. In 1571 it was taken by John Perrot, who passed it to a hired soldier in the English forces, named MacSweeney. The castle was attacked that same year and the O'Mahonys regained possession. They lost it again in 1584 when it was granted to Oliver Lambert.

Severe storms in 1905, 1963 and 1975 reduced the already abandoned Rossbrin Castle to its present ruinous state.

Rossbrin Castle is standing on private land so not freely accessible. A nice tower ruin.


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Rossbrin Castle

Rossbrin Castle lies at the entrance of Rossbrin Cove in the townland of the same name, in County Cork in Ireland.

Rossbrin Castle is said to have been built in 1310 but the remains are 15th or 16th century. It was a stronghold of the O'Mahonys and the most easterly of their castles in West Cork.

In 1562 it was forfeited, when Donal O'Mahony was executed in Cork for piracy on the high seas. In 1565 the castle was restored to Finn O'Mahony and his son Cornelius, on the basis of a tenancy only. In 1571 it was taken by John Perrot, who passed it to a hired soldier in the English forces, named MacSweeney. The castle was attacked that same year and the O'Mahonys regained possession. They lost it again in 1584 when it was granted to Oliver Lambert.

Severe storms in 1905, 1963 and 1975 reduced the already abandoned Rossbrin Castle to its present ruinous state.

Rossbrin Castle is standing on private land so not freely accessible. A nice tower ruin.


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