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12 Amazing Irish Castles You Need To See Before You Die

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Ireland’s rich history is clearly visible all around you, should you care to look.

Wave upon wave of invasion and war — from the Celts, Vikings, Normans, English and even the Spanish — have left their mark on our land over the centuries.

Castles were first introduced to Ireland with the Norman’s wooden motte-and-bailey, before gradually developing into the stone strongholds that remain to this day.

These magnificent and expensive fortresses were built in strategic locations as secure bases for the ruling classes, having the added effect of inspiring awe in the locals.

These nigh-on immortal structures still dot our landscape, but we’re so used to their presence that we barely even notice them anymore.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate these majestic buildings from another era…

1. Kilkenny Castle, Co. Kilkenny

Kilkenny Castle

2. Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo

Ashford Castle Mayo

3. Malahide Castle, Co. Dublin

Malahide Castle

4. Doe Castle, Co. Donegal

Doe Castle Donegal

5. Bunratty Castle, Co. Clare

Bunratty Castle Clare

6. Rock Of Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Rock Of Cashel

7. Blarney Castle, Co. Cork

Blarney Castle Cork

8. Ross Castle, Co. Kerry

Ross Castle Right

9. Cahir Castle, Co. Tipperary

Cahir Castle

10. Trim Castle, Co. Meath

Trim Castle Meath

11. Glenveagh Castle, Co. Donegal

Glenveagh Castle

12. Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford

Lismore Castle Co Waterford

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