BALLINGARRY CASTLE

Traditional Irish Name

Baile an Garraidh, town of the garden.

Location

Barony, Connello Upper.
Civil Parish, Ballingarry.
Townland, Ballingarry.
OS Map Ref: Sheet 29.

Families Associated With Castle

De Lacy/Lacy; Casey.

Description

Later a stronghold of the Norman family of De Lacy, legend has it that the Knights Templars built Ballingarry Castle.1

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

Historical Timeline

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.

 

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 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.

Access

The castle is easily accessible from Knights Street in the town, but it lies on private land.

 

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Ballingarry Castle location

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