Saturday, 24 January 2009

Nenagh Castle, Ireland

The stamp escaped the postmark but it dates from November 1982.

Nenagh, which is the chief town of North Tipperary lies in a fertile plain bordered on the south side by the Silvermine Mountains, and on the west by the Arra Mountains.   Nenagh Castle has one of the finest circular keeps in Ireland.  It originally formed part of the larger castle which was built around AD 1200 by Theobald Fitzwalter. Nenagh offers the visitor a variety of beauty plus the opportunity of seeing important antiquities and magnificent ruins. 2/507

This castle was completed by Theobald Fitzwalter's son in 1220.  The crenellations and ring of windows imitating Windsor Castle were added far later, in 1861, when the idea was to make this the bell tower to a cathedral that was never built.

My sister sent the card and said it was a great disappointment to the children because they couldn't get in.  I understand it is now being restored and renovated, but that the works have been delayed as the result of a significant archaeological find in the area.
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