Published on November 21st, 2016 | by

McDermott’s Castle pic goes viral

A photograph of McDermott’s Castle on Lough Key in Boyle has caused an internet sensation over the weekend.

Published on well known social news website Reddit, the photograph went viral within hours making it to the front page of the site.

It was then published on the getting more positive reaction.

According to the website the origin of the photograph is unknown – and a Google Image search only provides Pinterest, Instagram and versions.

The aerial photograph shows a little seen perspective of the 19th century folly castle including the moat on the northern side.

Here on Facebook page, the photograph received a tremendous response receiving 250 likes, shared 79 times with a reach of 12,525 following publication on Sunday morning.

Mc Dermotts Castle features in the Annals of Loch Cé where it was reportedly burned down in 1187 by lightning.

It also featured in the final act of the conquest of Connacht in 1235, by Richard de Burgo whose army included 500 mounted knights.

The castle came under siege, first by a raft-mounted perrier (catapult), and then by fire ships comprising wood stripped from nearby Ardcarne.

Lord Lorton built the folly castle in the early part of the 19th century, as one of the adornments to the estate whose centrepiece was Rockingham House.

Isaac Weld, writing in 1832, describes as part of “the castle proper” 2 rooms, one above the other, each 36 feet by 22 feet, with walls of 7.5 feet thickness. It is not clear whether this refers to part of the original castle, or the later construction. The folly castle, used as a summerhouse, was again gutted by fire shortly before the Second World War.


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