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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
DRUMULLAN CASTLE (TOWER HOUSE?) (Site only)
Nat. Grid Ref. R458703; ½” Sheet 17
DRUMULLAN TOWER HOUSE
“…The old castle of Drummullin stands in good external preservation
in the townland of the same name…”
Field examination failed to find any trace of this site in spite of the above extract. Checking locally I was told that final traces of this site were levelled some years previously during land reclamation work. At that stage, local sources claimed, only minor traces of the “castle” existed, only a couple of metres high. Obviously the greater ruins, mentioned by Curry in 1839, had collapsed or been knocked down some time previously. Frost’s reference, 1893, page 59, suggests that the site may have been in quite a poor condition by his time (1893).
During this reclamation some swords, knives, etc were said to have been found. Locals do not know of the location of these finds.
Entrance to the “castle” would probably have been from the higher ground to the north rather than via the marshy land to the east and west.
We do know, from the College List, that the site was owned by one Covea Mac Namara in 1580 A.D. Otherwise there is no information available on it.