N5231 : Castles of Leinster: Toberdaly, Offaly (1)

taken 6 years ago, near to Toberdaly Bridge, Rhode Bridge, Killure, Rathcobican and Togher, Offaly, Ireland

Castles of Leinster: Toberdaly, Offaly (1)
Castles of Leinster: Toberdaly, Offaly (1)
A description of a castle here in a post-1550 survey mentions "an old ruynouse base courte". In 1654 the castle was occupied by Margaret and Mary Warren. The tower stands alongside the ivy covered ruin of Toberdaly House, and contains three low storeys under a vault with a circular bartizan on the SW corner, and a square one on the NE.

The curious structure built on the top of the tower is a Gothic style octagonal gazebo that was placed there as a folly in c.1780. At the same time the entrance doorway was moved further up the east wall to enable easier access to the gazebo (presumably by an external ladder). For the occupants of Toberdaly House it would have provided a wonderful platform for the views of the surrounding countryside, undoubtedly the reason why it was built.

N5231 : Castles of Leinster: Toberdaly, Offaly (2)
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Date Taken
Monday, 23 June, 2014   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 16 July, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! N 5209 3198 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:20.1446N 7:13.1283W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! N 521 319
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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