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Lismore castle, Ireland

January 19th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Lismore, a spectacular castle with its fairy tale gardens stands high in the southeast of the country quite close to Cork as well as Waterford. Lismore was the Irish home of the Duke of Devonshire since 1753. There has always been castle there since 1185 till Prince John built a “castellum” on the present site. It was largely re-built in the Gothic style during the mid-nineteenth century by William Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire. In 1589 Lismore, was leased and later acquired by Sir Walter Raleigh, who sold the property during his imprisonment for High Treason in 1602 to another famous adventurer, Richard Boyle, later 1st Earl of Cork.


Legend dictates that the name originated from a story about a holy woman who met Saint Carthage upon his arrival in the area. Her prophesy that Carthage would found a “Lios Mor” or “Big Fort” was fulfilled as the monastery.

A bit of restoration was carried out during the year 1612 til 1694 by the second earl of Cork, with minors repairs continued till 1800. Much of the present castle dates from around the time of the First Earl of Cork.

The garden in the Lismore castle stays open from 1.45pm to 4.45pm everyday from 10th April to 3rd October. During June, July and August it opens slightly earlier at 11 am.

Admission fee in the garden is is €5.00 for adults and €2.50 for Children under sixteen years of age. If you are going in group of twenty plus, you pay only €4.50 for each adult and €2.25 for every children under 16.

You may also want to check the Ashford castle and Kilkenny castle in Ireland.

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