Ballymoon : Castle

CountyCarlow
Grid RefS 740 615
GPSS 73961 61529 (3m)
Longitude6° 54' 20.91" W
Latitude52° 41' 59.67" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBagenalstown (3.5 Km)
OS Sheet61
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 11th July 2010

The information sign inside the castle courtyard calls this, One of Ireland's most unusual fortresses. It isn't lying. I can just imagine the head of the Carew family asking for a big square castle and being amazed at what he got!

The layout of the castle is simple - a big square courtyard surrounded by high walls and buildings around the inside of the walls facing into the courtyard. There is a tower in the centre of the west wall, which would have offered great views of Mount Leinster. Much of the fine carved stone around windows and doors has been robbed away, but the little that does remain shows that this was a fine building. Although a strong, fortified structure there is an air of opulence, highlighted by the huge second story fireplace in the east wall. The large number of garderobes (indoor toilets) also adds to the impression of comfort. This place was built to make a statement.

The north wall seems to have all the interesting fortification features, including a half-tower with arrow slits that look more like gun-loops jutting out of one side. The road-facing aspect seems to be deliberately clear of castle-like features apart from arrow slits/gun-loops in the wall.

The castle is in a field, accessed by a small bridge, next to the R724. Parking is precarious as driving tear down this road a ridiculous speeds.

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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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