Traditional Irish Name
Baile Nua, New town.
MacSheehy; Oughtred; Courtenay.
Civil Parish, Clonelty.
OS Map Ref: Sheet 37.
Ballinoe/Ballynoe Castle was an important traditional stronghold of the MacSheehy family.
Interesting architectural features: there are a few original slit windows remaining and the top remaining floor is arched.
Ballinoe (like Ballyegnybeg) has been cut down to a couple of floors. It was described in 1840 as it looks at present: a fragment of a castle, with only about 20 feet of the building still standing.1
Much of the building is overgrown with vegetation. Its fabric has been much altered and it is gutted internally.2
(For an idea of how an ivy-free Ballinoe might look externally, see Image Gallery (below) for a side by side view with another almost identical truncated castle, Ballyegnybeg).
The remains of the castle lie in a farmyard. Permission is required.
1 Ordnance Survey Letters, Clonelty parish, 170 and Field Name Books, 17.
2 See C.J. Donnelly, ‘A typographical study of the tower houses of Limerick’ in JRSAI, vol. 129 (1999), 33.
3 See 1641 Depositions: Samuell Wishlade, 8/3/1643, 1641 Depositions, TCD, MS 829.
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