Parkavonear Castle, Kerry, Ireland

Visions Of The Past

Parkavonear Castle, also known as Aghadoe Castle, stands only a field away from the impressive 11th century ruins of Aghadoe Cathedral and Round Tower. The castle was built in 13th century in the aftermath of the Anglo-Norman invasion. It is unusual in its construction, being a circular keep, of which there only are a few in Ireland. It is believed that a square earthen rampart measuring around 50 metres in diameter surrounded the castle, a further earthwork appears to the south of the castle. Entry would have been via the 1st floor, where the remains of a fireplace can still be seen, the walls of the castle are two meters in depth and its internal diameter is about 6 metres. A small staircase leads up to a ledge where one can observe the 1st floor from another angle, and the beginnings of the 2nd floor, now destroyed. In local folklore…

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