Barntown

Tower House

The Roche family were quite prominent in Wexford holding numerous castles in the area. These included the tower houses at Barntown, Ferrycarrig and Artramon. It was held by a Walter Roche in c.1560 before passing to his heir William Wadding. At the time of the Irish Rebellion in 1641 the castle was in ruin. There were five storeys originally with an entrance in the east wall protected by a machicolation and a murder hole. A blocked window and a narrow slit can be seen behind the ivy on the north wall. At the present time the cattle is acting as a cattle shelter.

Situated: Heading south on the N11 turn right onto the N25 at the New Ross roundabout. After 1 kilometre turn left. The tower house is 250 metres down here on your left.

Discovery Map 77: T 0000 2165. Last visit Feb 2019.

Longitude: 6° 31' 57" W

Latitude: 52° 20' 15" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey

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