Traditional Irish Name
Baile an Garraidh, town of the garden.
Barony, Connello Upper.
Civil Parish, Ballingarry.
OS Map Ref: Sheet 29.
Families Associated With Castle
De Lacy/Lacy; Casey.
It is situated on Knights Street in the village of Ballingarry. This place was called ‘Le Garth’ in 1291, or ‘Garthbyboys’ in 1319. Ballingarry ‘had evidently belonged to the Byboys family’; they witnessed charters, suits and other disputes here during the 13th century.2
Interesting architectural features: this oblong tower was known as ‘Parsons Castle’ for a period after being repaired and modernised as a dwelling house for Reverend Gibbons in 1821.3
|1408-22:||Town of Balingarry walled under a grant by Henry IV after being destroyed by Irish and English rebels.|
|1513:||Ballingarry burned by Piers Butler.|
|1569:||Castle held for the Desmond cause, but taken and garrison put to the sword.|
|1570:||Castle and lands owned by John Lacy.|
|1580:||Castle warded by English forces.|
|1584:||Lacy pardoned after Desmond rebellion.|
|1587:||Knights Street in Balingarry town granted to Henry Billingsley.|
|1598:||Irish forces gather at Ballingarry in support of the Súgan Desmond cause.|
|1600:||John Lacy and his wife Joan pardoned by Elizabeth I.|
|1612:||Castle and manor granted by James I to William Casey.|
|1632:||Knights Street leased to David Lacy.|
|1641:||Castle held by John Mason.|
|1653:||Garrisoned by Cromwellian forces.|
|1655:||Recorded as the late estate of John Lacy.|
|1691:||Ballingarry burned by Irish Jacobite forces during the Williamite War.|
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1 P. Fitzgerald & J.J. McGregor, History of Limerick, i, 381.
2 Westropp, ‘ACCL’, 335.
3 For castle description and features, see OSL, Ballingarry parish, 64-66.
The castle is easily accessible from Knights Street in the town, but it lies on private land.