Dromore Castle: Does it Look Familiar? You May Have Seen It Before!
Dromore Castle can be found in the County Limerick, in the province of
Munster. This castle is a good
journey from Dublin Airport, but you should be able to make the drive in under three
The route from Dublin follows the M7 to Limerick, and the N69 out of Limerick toward Askeaton and Dromore Castle.
Things to Know About Dromore Castle
Here are some fun facts about this amazing Irish landmark. Hopefully they will entice you to pay a visit in person!
But if that is not possible, you can always use them to impress your friends with your knowledge of one of the most-visited attractions in Ireland.
- Built in the Gothic Revival
style in the early 19th century, Dromore Castle is an iconic landmark in County
- The castle was originally
built for the Earl of Limerick. It was abandoned
during World War I and began to slip into ruin.
- In the 1980s the castle was
featured in the movie comedy “High Spirits,” directed by Neil Jordan.
- Until 1993, the castle
remained in the hands of his heirs, although it now belongs to a private
investment company. We hear there are plans
to restore it to its original splendor.
- Dromore Castle is an architecturally interesting structure. It was built in the Gothic Revival style between 1868 and 1874.
- The castle's architect was Edward William Godwin. He was commissioned for the project by the original owner of the Castle, the Earl of Limerick.
- The castle boasts three stories. Unfortunately, it was designed with medieval history in mind. While it was suited for medieval transport, it didn't accommodate the larger carriages used toward the end of the 19th century.
- Godwin spent just as much time focused on the interior of the castle as he did on the exterior. He even designed furniture specifically for the castle, and choose the colors of furnishings and textiles.
- Godwin's Eagle Chair, which he designed for Dromore, was recently sold at a Sotheby's auction. The lone chair was sold for a staggering £30,000!
- The Earl of Limerick didn't live at the Castle for long. By World War I, the castle was abandoned. It was sold before the advent of World War II.
- Believe it or not, the roof of the castle was removed completely in 1950. This was done specifically so that the home couldn't be taxed! By local law, only homes with roofs need to be taxed.
- The Castle is still in ruin today. The owners of the castle live nearby in a lodge house and have plans to renovate the castle at some point.
- While the castle is private property, you can get close enough to see it. Entering the home is generally not permitted.
- Were you to enter the structure, you might peer up and see a huge chunk of the staircase missing. The great room still remains, as does the enormous fireplace which was one the showstopper of the castle.
You can find much more about this special Irish landmark here.
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