Traditional Irish Name

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

Associated Families



Civil ParishKnocklong.
OS Map RefSheet 48.

Protected Structure Record

Reg. No: 139.
Ref.  No: A48(36).


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

The original section of the castle was retained; this is  evident with the slit windows, arched doorways, and a section of spiral stairs. Another architectural feature of interest is the mantelpieces, albeit from a later date, on the first and second floors (see Image Gallery).


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


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.
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 under the Act of Settlement (1662).
1666:Estate is confirmed to Robert 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2 J. Graves (ed.), ‘Unpublished Geraldine Documents’ in JRSAI, vol.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.


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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Castle location on map

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