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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
CAPPAGH CASTLE (i.e. TOWER HOUSE) (Site of)
Nat. Grid Ref. R478655; ½” Sheet 17
For information on this levelled Tower House see: a) above photograph b) information overleaf.
CAPPAGH TOWER HOUSE
Though represented on the relevant 6” O.S. Sheet as the site, only, of a castle field examination did find some actual trace (Photo 1). Admittedly this was limited but it does give some indication as to the size of this former site. In the centre of outcropping limestone a c. 17 metre square slight depression occurred. This was defined, in part, by the 1 ½ - 2 metre wide foundation blocks of a wall.
Originally the top of this site must have had a wide view over the surrounding lowlands. We are fortunate that a pen drawing, admittedly very small, of the site appears in Dineley’s Drawing (see Ballyarrila Castle section also Kilfinaghta Civil Parish for a copy of this drawing).
Frost provides some interesting facts on the later history of this site.
For a detailed treatment of this siege refer to O’Brien: “The Siege of Bunratty”. The Other Clare, Volume 2, (1978), pp 15 – 18.
One of the millstones associated with this old mill is still to be seen outside the forge at Cappagh village.