Delvin Castle

Hugh de Lacy, the first Lord of Meath, built a timber castle on the top of a norman motte, about 60 metres south east of here. De Lacy granted the land at Delvin to his brother-in-law, Sir Gilbert de Nugent. It is believed the Nugent family built Delvin Castle, pictured above, in the 15th century. It was a rectangular block with four, five storey circular towers, at each of the angles. Only the west and south towers remain. The north east wall and the north and south towers were demolished. By the end of the 17th century the castle was uninhabited and roofless. It is believed the lower floor may have been used as a gaol in the late 18th, early 19th century. At the present time, there is no public access to the castle.

From the west

Situated: Delvin Castle is located on the southside of the Main Street, at the west end of the village.

Discovery Map 41: N 5998 6276. Last visit July 2018.

Longitude: 7° 5' 37" W

Latitude: 53° 36' 40" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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