Traditional Irish Name
Baile an Mheala, town of the sorrow or compunction.
Civil Parish, Crecora.
OS Map Ref: Sheet 22.
Families Associated With Castle
An O’Brien possession, Ballinveala dates from about the late 15th century.
Interesting architectural features: Balinveala is termed a ‘sectionally constructed tower house’.
It is an oblong building ‘constructed in two separate but interlocking sections; one section containing the spiral staircase and subsidiary chamber; and the other section containing the building’s main chamber block’.1
|1583-84:||Ballinveala Castle owned by Brian Duff O’Brien of Carrigogunnell.|
|1584:||Ballinveala surrendered to the crown as part of the manor of of Carrigogunnell.|
Regranted to O’Brien under the Tudor policy of surrender and regrant.
|1586:||Castle held by bishop of Limerick.|
|1622:||Leased to Margaret MacCanny by Donough (Protestant), earl of Thomond.|
|1655:||Castle described as a ruin, estate held by Barnabas (Barnaby), earl of Thomond.|
|1656:||Leased to John MacCanny.|
|1666:||Earl of Thomond held castle and lands.|
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1 See C.J. Donnelly, ‘Sectionally Constructed Tower Houses’ in JRSAI, vol. 128 (1998), 26–28.
The castle is on private land. Permission is required.