Traditional Irish Name

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


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

Families Associated With Castle

FitzGibbon; Fenton; Oliver.


Ballinahinch is a c.17th century ClanGibbon stronghold, built during the reign of Charles I (1625-49). It now resemblances more ‘a strongly built house than a castle’.2

The castle was probably cut down a couple of storeys, with gables at either end, and a new doorway put in one of the longer walls, which looks like ‘a pretty good imitation of a house’.3

Interesting architectural features: ‘marble’ mantelpieces on the first and second floors. The building retains many other original (castle) features.

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.
1666:Estate is confirmed to Oliver by Charles II.


Note: 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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1 Ballinahinch 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2 J. Graves (ed.), ‘Unpublished Geraldine Documents’ in JRSAI, vol.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.


The castle is on private land. Permission is required.


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Ballinahinch Castle location

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