BALLINAHINCH CASTLE

Traditional Irish Name

Baile na hInnse, town of the island, or place of the wet meadow.1

Associated Families

FitzGibbon; Fenton; Oliver.

Location

Barony, Coshlea.
Civil Parish, Knocklong.
Townland Ballinahinch.
OS Map Ref: Sheet 48.

Description

Ballinahinch was a FitzGibbon/ClanGibbon stronghold, built during the reign of Charles I (1625-49).

The castle was later cut down a couple of storeys and now resemblances more ‘a strongly-built house than a castle’,2 or ‘a pretty good imitation of a house’.3

Interesting architectural features: the original section of the castle was kept, this is  evident with the slit windows, arched doorways, and a section of spiral stairs. There are also mantelpieces from a later date on the first and second floors (see Image Gallery).

Condition

None of the floors remain, but the building is almost ivy-free and in relatively good condition.

Access

The castle is on private land. Permission is required.

 

Historical Timeline

1576:Lands held by Edmund FitzJohn FitzGibbon from John MacSheehy.
1587:Estate granted to Elizabethan planters, Richard and Alexander Fitton.
1590:MacSheehy’s rents granted to Edmund FitzGibbon (ClanGibbon), the ‘White Knight’.
1618:Estate granted to Sir Richard and Dame Margaret Fenton.
1625:
(circa)
Castle built by Gibbon FitzGibbon, or his wife, Margaret Grady, during the reign of Charles I.
1654:Gibbon FitzGibbon held Ballinahinch Castle and lands.
1656:FitzGibbon transplanted to Connacht.
1657:Ballinahinch granted to Cromwellian Captain Robert Oliver.
1663:Estate claimed back by FitzGibbon family.
1666:Estate is confirmed to Oliver by Charles II.

 

1 Ballinahinch/Ballynahinch is sometimes referred to as Dunmoon (variously spelt) in older texts and manuscripts.
2 J. Graves (ed.), ‘Unpublished Geraldine Documents’ in JRSAI, vol. iv, part i (1876), 50.
3 M. Craig, Architecture of Ireland (1982), 100.

Notes

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.

For queries or other relevant information, or if you would like to contribute an archival image of Ballinahinch Castle (of which you own the copyright), please leave a comment at the bottom of the page, or email (below).

Email

limerickcastlesdatabase@gmail.com

 

Image Gallery

Castle location on map

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