Sunday, December 21, 2008

Irish scenery--Cahir Castle, Co Tipperay

,Cahir castle is located in middle of Ireland. It is one of largest castles in Ireland. I used to travel between Waterford and Thurles (Co. Tipperary) by bus every weekend. There is no direct bus from Waterford to Thurles, I have to stop at Cahir to change bus. The bus station is right beside the Cahir castle. So I got chance to take deep look at the castle. I really like the castle. The thick and grey wall of the castle really seems to tell you that many stories happened there. The following history comes from Wikipedia:
The castle was built in County Tipperary in 1142 on an island in the river Suir by Conor O'Brien who is the Prince of Thomond. In 1375, the castle was granted to James Butler, newly-created Baron of Cahir, for his loyalty to Edward III. The Butlers of Cahir sided with the Irish in the Elizabethan wars, and in 1599 the castle was captured after a three day siege by the army of the Earl of Essex and was for a year put under the charge of Sir Charles Blount.
During the Irish Confederate Wars the castle was besieged twice. In 1647 George Mathew, the guardian of the young Lord Cahir, surrendered to Lord Inchiquin following his victory at the battle of Knocknanauss. In 1650 he surrendered again to Oliver Cromwell, during his conquest of Ireland without a shot even being fired.
The Great Hall was partly rebuilt in 1840.
In 1961 the last Lord Cahir died and the castle reverted to the state.

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