For day five of the travel theme “architecture”, I have selected a few of the castles of Ireland. The first two photos are of Dromoland Castle, which is now a five-star hotel. The present building was completed in 1835. However, the first building constructed here seems to have been a tower house built in the 15th or early 16th century. Work on the present building began around 1822. The owner, Edward O’Brien, was presented with some classical designs but he chose the neo-gothic design. Dromoland has been preserved with little change since that time. The mansion is in “baronial” or “gothic revival” style. It has four linked irregular turrets. In 1837, the writer Samuel Lewis described the recently completed Dromoland as “a superb edifice in the castellated style.”
The next two photos are of Kilkenny Castle which was built in 1195. It is a typical castle of Medieval Irish architecture. The original Anglo-Norman stone castle was built for William Marshal, 4th Earl of Pembroke (c.1146-1219).
The last three photos are of Ashford Castle, which is a medieval castle that has been expanded over the centuries and is today a five star luxury hotel. A castle was built on the site in 1228 by the Anglo-Norman House of Burke. The estate was purchased in 1852 by Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness and he added two large Victorian style extensions.