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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
BALLYARRILA CASTLE (i.e. Tower House) (Site of)
Nat. Grid Ref. R387662; ½” Sheet 17
While speaking about Mount Ievers Court, an early eighteenth
century Queen Anne style house, the following is stated by Guinness & Ryan
(London, 1971, pages 55 – 56):-
Dineley’s Journal, on a tour of Ireland (1680) contains a pen drawing showing Ballyarrilla and neighbouring tower houses. A copy of it is reproduced below.
The above cited view that the present, impressive, Mount Ievers Court
(see Section 5: “Later Historical sites of interest”) is
on the site of the old tower house is supported by:-
In 1580, according to the College List, it was the property of Bryan son of Daniel Roe, Mac Namara (Frost, 1893, page 63).
The fact that a cut-stone fireplace was inserted in the site around 1648 A.D. shows occupation continued to that date, at least. I feel however such occupation may have continued to the time of its destruction in c. 1735 when the Ievers family found it unsuitable and built the present house.