Enniscorthy Castle

Castle Hill , Enniscorthy , Co. Wexford

Enniscorthy Castle
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About Enniscorthy Castle

Enniscorthy Castle is located at Castle Hill in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

A Norman tower house built in the early 13th century by Gerald de Prendergast, Enniscorthy Castle stands on a rock at the head of the River Slaney's navigable tideway.

It is a four storey rectangular keep with towers in each corner. It now houses the Wexford County Museum and has a fine collection of materials from both the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and the Easter Rising in 1916.

In the mid 13th century it was owned by the Rochford family and by the 15th century by the MacMurrough Kavanaghs. It was leased to poet Edmund Spencer in 1581, it is said that Queen Elizabeth I gave him the castle because of his poem 'The Faerie Queene'. In 1586, Sir Henry Wallop purchased the castle. It was captured by Cromwell's troops in 1649 and used as a prison during the 1798 Rebellion. At the beginning of the 19th century is was restored by the Earl of Plymouth, and again at the end of the century when it was converted into a private residence. It remained in private ownership until 1951.

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