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Famous Castles
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A List of Irish Castles. Every famous castle from Ireland has been included. Originally made of earth and wood, later castles were built of stone, so many still survive today. Spanning a period of 900 years during the middle ages, castles come in many styles of architecture and design. Despite their differences though, they all have one feature in common-- they are fortified. Castles are defensive structures specifically built to withstand attack in the medieval world. Technologies such as arrowslits, murder-holes, and moats further improved their capabilities. Castles finally fell out of favor with the advent of gun powder, as offensive technologies, such as canons, rendered castles largely obsolete.

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Ardfinnan Castle

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Ardgillan Castle

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Ashford Castle

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Ashtown Castle

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Athlone Castle

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Aughnanure Castle

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Bailieborough Castle

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Ballaghmore Castle

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Ballinacarriga Castle

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Ballinalacken Castle

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Ballincollig Castle

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Ballinlough Castle

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Ballycarbery Castle

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Ballyconnell Castle

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Ballymoon Castle

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Ballymore Castle

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Ballymote Castle

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Ballyquirk Castle

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Barberstown Castle

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Barryscourt Castle

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Belvelly Castle

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Birr Castle Ireland

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Black Castle

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Blackrock Castle

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Blackwater Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Bourchier's Castle

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Bunratty Castle

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Burnchurch Castle

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Cabra Castle

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Caherconnell Stone Fort

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Cahir Castle

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Carlow Castle

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Carrickmines Castle

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Carrigafoyle Castle

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Carrigaholt Castle

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Carriganass Castle

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Carrigaphooca Castle

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Castle Donovan

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Castle Durrow

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Castle Eyre

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Castle Leslie

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Castle Oliver

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Castle Park

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Castle Pook

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Castle Roche

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Castle Saunderson

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Castleknock Castle

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Charleville Castle

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Clonony Castle