A mans home is his castle – the story of kanturk castle

A Mans Home Is His Castle – The Story Of Kanturk Castle

“A man’s home is his castle…” so the adage says. Uunfortunately in this case, it seems Kanturk Castle, County Cork, Ireland never became a place of living. Regardless of it, what did get constructed was and is magnificent. The main structure offers four story, while each tower reaches five story.

Today as you stroll around this fine historical building, it’s difficult to imagine that it was constructed in about 1601. four hundred years later and it is still standing strong. ‘Bualadh bos’ to the stone masons. (Bualadh bos is Irish/Gaelic for applause or praise) Legend has it that sven stone masons all named John erected the Castle. Therefore at one time the Castle was called as “Carrig-na-Shane-Saor” i.e. The Rock of John the Mason.

There are several points of view on whom precisely the castle was made for. Some think it was McDonogh McCarthy, while others say it was Dermot McOwen. Still the dating of the building cannot be agreed upon. usually it is believed to be late 16th century early 17th century.

Why was it that he never inhabited it? Well, there is a bit more to that proverb: ‘A man’s home is his castle …, but that is, ‘until the Queen arrives’. The neighbors of Kanturk Castle were becoming a bit bothered about the stature of this building and to the reasons of its being. The Privy Council, which was like close consultants to the Queen of England at the time, was informed and ordered the work on the structure to be kept under wraps. Therefore, ‘A man’s home is his castle until the queen arrives’.

So disappointed the overlord was, it’s reported that he broke the leaded glass and the tiles and flung them into the river.

Over time after that the property changed hands a number of times. Now it is managed by An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland, since 14th July 2000.

Why not come and visit Kanturk Castle, County Cork, Ireland for yourself. As you move around imagine existing in the 15/1600s with the Mc Donagh McCarthy’s at Kanturk Castle.

Other references to Kanturk Castle: An Taisce press release, “The story of Kanturk Castle” by Jean J. McCarthy

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