Traditional Irish Name

Áth Mongain Mór, the ford of Mongan.

Associated Families

Sarcell; Billingsley; Hunt.


Barony, Connello.
Civil Parish, Croagh.
Townland, Amogan More.
OS Map Ref: Sheet 29.


Amoganmore is 15th century tower house.

Interesting architectural features: there is a straight stairs to the first floor, and from there, the stair is spiral.
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 Sarcell.
1584:Sarcell 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 King James II spent one night at the castle following his defeat at the Battle of the Boyne.1


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


All historical information is compiled from archival material; primary sources (such as State Papers); secondary sources; plus authoritative digital sources (such as CELT). Any direct quote or a further reading suggestion is footnoted.

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