Traditional Irish Name

Áth Mongain Mór – ford of Mongan.

Associated Families



BaronyConnello Lower.
Civil ParishCroagh.
TownlandAmogan More.
OS Map RefSheet 29.

Protected Structure Record

Reg. No: N/A.
Ref.  No: N/A.


Amoganmore was once the stronghold of the Sarsell/Sarsfield family.

A notable architectural feature in this 15th-century tower house is the straight stair to the first floor, and from there, the stair is spiral (see Image Gallery).
The rooms, including the ground floor, are arched.


The castle is largely ivy-free. Part of one wall is damaged, but overall it is in relatively good condition.


The castle is on private land. Permission is required. But it can be easily viewed from the public road.

Historical Timeline

1583:Amoganmore Castle and lands owned by Maurice McEdmund Sarsell/Sarsfield.
1584:Sarsfield is attainted for his part in the Desmond rebellion.
1588:Castles and lands granted to Henry Billingsley (alderman of London) as part of the Munster Plantation.
1606: Estate held by Richard Hunt.
1611: Part of Amoganmore Castle held by Emory Lee.
1623: Held by George Hunt.
1655: Castle and lands recorded as the late estate of Richard Hunt.
1657: (circa)Cromwellian government granted estate to Oliver Lambert and Brook Bridges.
1668: Estate confirmed to Oliver Lambert by Charles II.
1690:Legend has it that after his defeat at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, James II ‘is reported to have slept one night at [Amoganmore Castle] … but it is not certain that he came farther south than Waterford.’1


1 S. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland , vol. i (1837), 434.


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Castle location on map

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