Traditional Irish Name
Baile Eigne, Egny’s Town.
De Wale/Wall; Trenchard; Hurley.
Barony, Connello Lower.
Civil Parish, Clonagh.
OS Map Ref: Sheet 28.
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.
The building is ivy-free and in good condition. The entrance is sealed.
The castle is on private land. Permission is required.
|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.
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