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|A Survey of Monuments of Archaeological and Historical Interest in the Barony of Bunratty Lower, Co. Clare by William Gerrard Ryan|
Part 4: Castles and
tower houses c.1500
CLONLOGHAN CASTLE (Site of)
Nat. Grid Ref. R398640; ½” Sheet 17
(The site of this levelled castle (i.e. tower house) is not marked in on the relevant O.S. Sheets. The above reference is based on what Curry said about it in 1839, see extract over).
For information on this levelled site refer to: a) photo above b) extracts from Curry and Frost below.
Description of site:
Such a reference is useful for three reasons. Firstly it tells us the
approximate site of the castle, i.e.
Frost supports the view that there was no trace of the site visible in the 1800’s. “…The only other object of antiquity besides the church, found in the (civil) parish is an old castle now wholly demolished, the property in 1580 of Donogh MacClancy…” (1893, page 187).
Field examination of the area east of Clonloghan Church failed to find any surface trace of this site. Curry stated that it was in the same field as the church thus it must have been quite close to the present eastern boundary wall area.
The College List, 1580, states one Donogh Mac Clancy was then owner of the site. O’Lionain makes no reference to this site.