Traditional Irish Name
Baile Uí Chathláin, O’Cahalan’s town.
Civil Parish, Kildimo.
OS Map Ref: Sheet 12.
Families Associated With Castle
Purcell; Earl of Kildare.
Ballyculhane was a stronghold of the Purcells, a Norman invader family.
Interesting architectural features: the castle is shown on the Down Survey and Trustees’ maps (c.1656 and 1688) as having towers at each angle with a large court and a house inside.
There are small apartments in the surviving towers. The (extant) bawn wall enclosing the castle originally stood about 30 feet high.1
|1299-99:||These lands held by Sir Hugh Purcell.|
|1518:||Estate held by Purcells under the earl of Kildare.|
|1581:||Much bloody fighting took place around Ballyculhane Castle during the Desmond rebellion, involving David Óge Purcell and his allies.|
|1584:||Castle and lands held by Pierce Purcell.|
|1617:||Granted to Edmund Purcell.|
|1640:||Estate held by General Patrick Purcell, under the earl of Kildare as part of his manor of Adare.|
|1655:||The castle and estate of 850 acres recorded as the late estate of Major-General Patrick Purcell, deceased.|
|1683:||Claimed by the earl of Kildare are part of his Adare manor.|
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1 Westropp, ‘ACCL’, 160, 161; OSFNB, Kildimo parish, 31.
The castle (currently very overgrown with vegetation) is on private land. Permission is required.