digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















Kanturk Castle, Kanturk, County Cork
Portumna castle.

In Ireland at the end of the sixteenth and beginning of the seventeenth century, the Fortified House, along with the stronghouse, developed as a replacement for the tower house. 'Fortified Houses' were often rectangular, or sometimes U or L-shaped, three-storey structures with high gables and chimney stacks and large windows with hood mouldings. Some examples have square towers at the corners. The interiors were relatively spacious with wooden partitions and numerous fireplaces. In a number of cases 'Fortified Houses' were built onto pre-existing tower houses. 'Fortified Houses' were protected by gun fire from the angle towers and bartizans, and were also provided with bawn walls with gunloops, towers and protected gateways. 'Fortified Houses' were built throughout Ireland by large landowners from a variety of backgrounds, such as the Old English Earl of Clanricarde who built Portumna Castle in County Galway; Gaelic lords such as MacDonogh MacCarthy, Lord of Duhallow, who built Kanturk Castle in County Cork; and Cromwellian soldiers such as Sir Charles Coote, who built Rush Hall in County Offaly.

Over the past six decades studies concerning Irish 'Fortified Houses' have identified them as a transitional genre that emerged at the end of the sixteenth century and acted as an architectural bridge between the Irish medieval tower-house and the country manor house of the late seventeenth century. The 'Fortified House' drew on the earlier tradition of the tower-house and was influenced by the Tudor and emerging Jacobean architecture from England and the Classical and Military architecture coming from Continental Europe. The social, political and military changes that took place from the 1580s-1650s were to play a major role in the development of this unique Irish structure. These houses provided a comfortable living space for the elite of early seventeenth-century Irish society. They were fashionable yet defendable. The 'Fortified House' was a public display of power and wealth. They represented a long term investment in their owner’s regional future and were monuments to an aspiration for an English and Continental house style suited to local Irish conditions. On a basic level the construction of a 'Fortified House' represented the owners desire to modernise and Anglicize.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Joe Nunan. "Current Research Projects". Blackwater Archaeology. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 

External links[edit]

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortified_houses_in_Ireland — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
367 videos foundNext > 

Portumna Castle - Ireland

A short look at the Portumna Castle outside of Portumna Ireland in County Galway. Portumna Castle is actually a semi-fortified house and was built around 161...

Ann Chambers & Brian Dobson: Tower Houses

Ann Chambers and Brian Dobston discuss tower houses in Kildavnet tower house, Achill Island as part of the Grainne Uaile Festival. 14.09.2013. In Ireland, th...

Shanmuckinish Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare, Ireland

Shanmuckinish castle was built around 1450 as a fortified tower house. I visited this Castle in September 2013.

Donegal Castle, Co. Donegal, Ireland

The 17th Century ruins of Donegal Castle dominate the town of Donegal and as the seat of the power of the O'Donnell Chieftains, it is entwined with the histo...

Bellaghy Bawn

Exhibits inside this restored, fortified house of 1618 include local history, the Ulster Plantation and the writings of Bellaghy-born poet Seamus Heaney.

Time Team S15-E13 The Fort of the Earls, Dungannon, Northern Ireland

In 1602 the English forces attacked and took one of the most important strongholds in Ireland - Dungannon. In the heart of Ulster, Dungannon was the seat of ...

Medieval fortified manor house of Acton Burnell

The fortified Medieval manor house of Acton Burnell, located in the rural countryside of Shropshire, England.

Haunted Places In Ireland

A guide to some of the most well known haunted locations in Ireland. If you have visited any of these locations, feel free to comment below with your experie...

Cashel Tourism

http://www.glasseye.ie This video takes you on a journey of Cashel. Cashel is home to the iconic Rock of Cashel. One of the most spectacular tourist attracti...

The Stockdales from County Down Ireland.wmv

Many of the protestant planters brought to Ireland, may not have been there of their own choice, to get a grant of land you first of all had to be well conne...

367 videos foundNext > 

We're sorry, but there's no news about "Fortified houses in Ireland" right now.


Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Talk About Fortified houses in Ireland

You can talk about Fortified houses in Ireland with people all over the world in our discussions.

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!