Ballycarbery Castle, Cahersiveen, Kerry

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  • Created: April 30, 2013
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Kerry
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  • Distance67.00 m
  • Time0 s
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  • Min altitude5 m
  • Peak6 m
  • Climb0 m
  • Descent0 m
Ballycarbery Castle was built during the late fourteenth or early fifteenth century by the McCarthy Clan. It is located just outside and within walking distance (3km) of Cahersiveen town and is a only short distance from the ancient stone forts of Cahergal and Leacanabuile. The majority of the castle walls were destroyed by Cromwells forces in 1652 when it was attacked by cannon-fire to prevent the Irish from using it as a fortification.

Ballycarbery meaning ’Village of Carbery’ so called after Cairbre O’Shea, head of one of the Corca Dhuibhne clans. The Corca Dhuibhne Clans held control of Iveragh from c. 500 to 1300 AD until they were over-thrown by the powerful MacCarthy clan who held the lands around Killarney. Donal MacCarthy Mor built the castle and it was a perfect location for a stronghold with clear views of Valentia Harbour, Portmagee Channel and the waters of the river right up to Cahersiveen.

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