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Kanturk Castle, County Cork, Ireland

Construction on Kanturk Castle was started in 1609 by by Dermot MacDonagh MacCarthy, who having been captured after the Battle of Kinsale in 1601, was eventually pardoned by the government. It was never completed, and remained a shell without a roof for the ensuing centuries. Either MacCarthy ran out of money, or a suspicious government terminated its construction - perhaps wary of its intended purpose.

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Ardgroom Stone Cirlce, County Cork, Ireland

Ardgroom Stone Circle (also called “Canfea”) is located near the village of Ardgroom on the Beara Peninsula. The Circle consists of 11 stones, 9 of which are still standing upright with one alignment stone outside the circle. This stone circle is unusual because its stones tend to taper toward points. Also in the vicinity are the remains of at least 2 ring forts, as well as a number of standing stones and stone rows.

Lohort Castle, Cork, Ireland

Lohort Castle was built around 1496 by Donogh Og McDonagh McCarthy. The castle was taken by the Irish forces during the Civil War. One of the bloodiest battles of the English Civil War took place on the grounds of Lohort Castle in in 1647 when over 4,500 men were killed in battle. Lohort was bombarded by Oliver Cromwell’s troops in 1650 and captured, but the castle withstood the cannon fire due to the immense strength of its 10 foot thick walls.

The castle as it now stands was rebuilt around 1750 by Sir John Percival, the Earl Of Egmont, and the Percivals lived there until the 20th century when it was burned down by the IRA in 1922. Some of the fireplaces from nearby Kanturk Castle appear to have been relocated to Lohort Castle - this was probably done when Lohort Castle was restored in the 18th century.

This historic castle is an impressive five story fortified tower with rounded corners, standing over 80 feet tall. The massive walls are 10 feet thick at the base, narrowing to six feet. Around the top story there is a machicolated parapet that runs unbroken apart for a short section on the eastern side. There used to be a deep moat around the castle with a drawbridge. The castle grounds cover more than 100 acres.

The castle is near Cecilstown in County Cork, Ireland.

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