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IRISH PENNY JOURNAL.ea
SIVFURDAY. MAY 1, 1341.
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KRDFINNAN CASTLE, COUNTY OF TIPPERARY.
lisomo of the recent numbers of our Journal we presented
aurreaders withviews of two or three of the many striking
objects of picturesque and historic interest for which, among
mu numerous beautiful rivers, the gentle Suir is more than
Of this religious establishment there are however no remains,
as it was plundered and burnt by the English in H79; and the
present castle was erected on its sitein 1185, by rince John,
then Earl of Morton. of whom it has been remarked that e
ordinarily remarhalile: an e return again wi
lhgreen pastoral banks, to notice another of its attractive but the construction of this and two other castles, namely,
features-the magnificent ruin of Ardiinnan Castle. This 1S Lismore and Tiobrad Fachtna, now Tibraghny on the Suir,
in-cuethat must be familiarto manv ofour readers, for the tra- which he erected with a view to the conquest of Munster.
vellermusthave becnadull and unobsei-vi. H '- ho ' ey- From these castles he sent parties in Various directions to
lngbetiseen Cork and Dublin by way of Cahir, has not had his plunder the country; but being met. by the Irish under the
command of Donall O'Brien, Dermod Mac Carthy, and Ro-
derick O'Conor. they were defeated with great slaughter, four
knights having been killed at Ardtinnan; after which Jobnwas
glad to return to England
mention roused by its romantic features, and an impression
of its grandeur and picturesqueness made upon his
easily to be etfaced. Ardtinnan is indeed one of the very finest
icenes of its kind to be found in Ireland, and is almost. equally
pesinrr from every point from which it can be viewc -
itfmty. while its banks are connected by ,.
bridge of fourteen arches, which tr . .
trectionewith the fortress, and which, at all events, is of very
mat antiquity. On every side the most In ,,
Oimountain scenery form the distant back-grounds ; and every
the castle itselfwas of aprincely magnihcence, an
degree of strength as must have rendered it impregnable
before the use of artillery.
3 I church and monastery here in the seventh century, previously
“l’J‘-‘ct. which meets the eye is in perfect harmony with the
moral character of the scene. ,
‘ Ardfinnan is a village of considerable antiquity, Md d0"“'F3
‘ ' n's Height or Hill,
lcbrated ecclesiastie who founded
greater part oft cwalls; but the e
in a state of great dilapidation. and only in , ,
one room remains. It is stated by the edltof Of LEWIS 5 T0-
pogra hica1Dictioiiary, but on what an or‘ eknow 110%.
f Druiin-abliradh. that this castle belonged to the heights Tomplars, and that
achieved nothing during his stay of eight months in Ireland, ’