Deel Castle 

Deel Castle by Mike Searle
https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1954407

Deel Castle Ruins or Caisleán na Daoile that means Castle of the River Deel was erected by the sixteenth century Bourke’s as a Tower House.  It was renamed Gore Castle.  After Col. Thomas Bourke had fought on the side of King James during the Williamite wars the Castle was forfeited then awarded to the Earls of Arran the Gore family who renamed it Gore Castle.  The Tower house had an additional large eighteenth century Wing with a handsome rusticated doorway incorporated into the building.  The castle along with other lands were leased to Lord Tyrawley James Cuff at the end of the eighteenth century.  He erected a house beside the castle.  During part of the nineteenth century the castle was occupied by Cuff’s Steward.  The house was burned down during 1922 but was never rebuilt.  This link has several images of the castle ruins. [i]

James Cuff Lord Tyrawley built a house beside the old Castle during 1791.  It was listed on the first edition Ordinance Survey Map as Deel Castle.  On the later twenty – fifth – inch edition as Castle Gore.  The house was burned during 1922 but never rebuilt.  There is an image of castle ruins plus location map at this link. [ii]

Deel Castle was built by the Burke family.  It stands roofed & entire.  It was the Estate of the late Colonel Cuff. [iii]

Deel Castle was a sixteenth Tower House of the Bourke’s close to the northern end of Lough Conn. Following on from when Col. Thomas Bourke fought on the side of both King James 11 & 111 in the Williamite wars his castle was forfeited.  It was then given to the Earls of Arran the Gore family who named it Castle Gore.  This Castle was a large eighteenth Castle with a rusticated doorway that possibly incorporated a seventh range.  The castle along with other lands were leased to James Cuff Lord Tyrawley towards the end of the eighteenth century.  It was occupied by Cuff’s Steward.  He built a house beside the old Burke castle in 1791, then renamed it Castle Gove.  The house was burnt in 1922 but was not rebuilt.  Further information available in ‘Burkes Guide to Country Houses’ Vol 1 Ireland, ‘A Guide to Irish Country Houses’ Bence – Jones Mark 1988 revised ed. Constable London. [iv]

Footnotes

Lee Johnson lists Castles at this site: https://sites.rootsweb.com/~irlkik/ihm/castles/irecastl-Mayo.htm

There are Mayo castles listed in alphabetical order at this link: https://www.geni.com/projects/Historic-Buildings-of-County-Mayo/29699

Castles in County Mayo are listed on this site: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_castles_in_Ireland#County_Mayo

Images of several castles by Mike Searles may be view at his site; https://www.geograph.org.uk/

Bibliography

[i] Deel Castle (http://crossmolina.ie/heritage/deel-castle) [assessed 12th February 2020]

[ii] Deel Castle (http://landedestates.nuigalway.ie/LandedEstates/jsp/property-show.jsp?id=191) [assessed 12th February 2020]

[iii] Deel Castle (https://www.libraryireland.com/topog/M/Mayo-Antiquities.php) [assessed 12th February 2020]

[iv] Deel Castle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deel_Castle ) [assessed 12th February 2020]

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