County Galway, Ireland
This is NOT an official Lego site
in County Galway in 1643 by Daniel O'Madden, Derryhivenny
is one of the last true tower houses erected in Ireland.
In Brian de Breffny's CASTLES OF IRELAND, he
writes: "In Connaught the tower-house tradition died
hard." The tower bristles with its many musket-ports
and the sophisticated fortified manor has tall chimneys
on the gables. It is a four-story tower in an L-shaped
bawn with cylindrical towers at the opposite corners.
our attempt to visit Derryhivenny during our visit to
Ireland in 2003, the castle wasn't hard to locate with
its chimneys standing seven storys tall [see photo 1],
but we couldn't get near it, driving nearly 3/4 the way
around the castle until we happened on a farmer's
driveway. As we pulled in, the smell was awful -
immediately reminding us of what "Pig" Finn
must have smelt like in the movie Waking Ned Devine.
The owner was in the yard with his dogs. When we inquired
about the castle, he said "I'm going into town.
Follow me." We retraced our plan around the castle
to a wide gate in the stone wall, which he obligingly
opened. "Just drive across the field," he
instructed, "and close the gate when you leave."
Somewhat nervously we drove in - the field was an easy
drive! And the neglected castle was well worth the visit.
The fourth photo shows excellent fireplaces with mantles
intact on floors two and three, with a musket port
to the main