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Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle

Photographer: Hemphill, Dr. William Despard (1816-1902)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: C.44.d.7,8

Item number: 217

Genre: Photograph

“The situation of the castle is fine, standing on an isolated rock on the left bank of the Suir, and commanding views of the Galtee and Knockmealedown Mountains...The present castle was, no doubt, built by some of the earliest Anglo-Norman settlers in Ireland…The chief historical events connected with the castle were the sieges of it by the Earl of Essex, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and by Lord Inchiquin, in that of Charles I. The readers of English history are familiar with the unhappy expedition of Essex to Ireland…”

Excerpt from “Cahir Castle”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain and Ireland’ by William Howitt.

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