Deeps Castle

Tower House

Deeps or Dipps, was in the possession of the Beaumont family when it was restored to the Crown in 1485. Before that it may have been held by the Roches. The tower house was probably built in the 14th, but most of the ruin belongs to the 17th century when the castle was held by the Devereux family. After the Cromwellian War in Ireland (1649-53) the castle was held by the Randall's who were members of the Society of Friends(Quakers). It is believed James II stayed at Deeps castle, after his defeat by William of Orange, before his departure to France.

I have only viewed Deeps Castle from Killurin on the west bank of the Slaney. I hope to get a closer look during the summer months. The present owners are looking for donations to help save the castle from complete collapse. To learn more about their campaign and the history of the castle visit their website.

Situated: From Wexford Town head north on the N11. After about 4 kilometres turn left for Killurin. After you cross the bridge over the Slaney River turn Right and right again under the Railway Bridge.

Discovery Map 77: S 9812 2728. Last visit July 2019.

Longitude: 6° 33' 31" W

Latitude: 52° 23' 18" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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