BALLYEGNYBEG CASTLE

Traditional Irish Name

Baile Eigne, Egny’s Town.

Associated Families

De Wale/Wall; Trenchard; Hurley.

Location

Barony, Connello Lower.
Civil Parish, Clonagh.
Townland, Ballyegnybeg.
OS Map Ref: Sheet 28.

Description

Ballyegnybeg was traditionally held by the Norman family of De Wale/Vale or Wall.

It is a 15th century tower house. Described in 1840 as it stands at present: ‘The ruins are of rectangular form. The walls, about 25 feet high, are standing and perfect …’1

Interesting architectural features: its original state Ballyegnybeg stood four or five storeys high. It is a now a low truncated tower, cut down to a couple of storeys. The various slit windows in the castle are also noteworthy.

Condition

The building is ivy-free and in good condition. The entrance is sealed.

Access

The castle is on private land. Permission is required.

 

Historical Timeline

1452:Ballyegnybeg recorded as part of the earl of Desmond’s property.
1570:Estate held by Maurice de Wale/Wall under Desmond.
1582:Castle and lands held by Pierce de Wale.
1583:Pierce de Wale of Ballyegny tried for treason and executed for his part in the Desmond rebellion.
1587:The castle and lands granted to William Trenchard, one of Queen Elizabeth I’s ‘undertakers’ in the Munster Plantation.
1598:Recorded as the late estate of Francis Trenchard.
1612:The estate held by Francis Berkeley.
1634:Castle and lands purchased by Morris Hurley of Knocklong, Co. Limerick from Richard Boyle, earl of Cork.
1655:Estate held by John Hurley.

 

1 Ordnance Survey Field Name Books, Clonagh parish, 20.

Notes

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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Email

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