A Historical Insight Into The Castles and Ring Forts of Ireland

Castles and Ring FortsIreland is filled with castles that you can see are dotted along in every county when you travel across the country. The legacy of Ireland is embedded into the walls of the castles that are dated back to over 6000 years when the Celts had arrived in these shores from the European mainland. Ireland is filled with impressive burial mounds, Newgrange standing testimony to it, while the Dolmens and ringforts that are found at Craggaunowen are proof of the hunter gatherer tribes that roamed these parts centuries back.

There were successive invasions after the Celts which includes the English, Normans, Vikings and also by the Spanish and the French who invariably did not make it. The commercial foundations of Dublin were originally laid by the Vikings who were the first of invaders after the Celts. This was followed by the Normans who built strongholds like the Trim Castle. It was here that the epic movie of ‘Braveheart’ was filmed.

That is not all, there are grand country houses like the Birr and the Tullynally which contains parapets straight out of the fairytale books which used to be the fashion at that time during the realm of Queen Victoria. There are other main castles that make a mark in Irish history like the former home of the playwright and poet William Butler Yeats, the Thoor Ballylee and the County Clare Bunratty Castle that boasts of its large fortified towers with impressive keeps.

It is an irony though that many of these castles and large houses were gifted to English landlords in return for military duty by the Queen. This only led to them being burned down during troubled times. Though some of them were saved and restored, much such grandeur was destroyed as a result of invoking the anger of the Scots. Some of them remain today to tell the tale. There are castles and large houses that are spread across Scotland but are mere ruins that is free for exploration by enthusiasts.

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