Mulrankin Castle

Tower House

Mulrankin was held by the Browne family from the beginning of the Anglo-Norman settlement, right up until it was confiscated in the middle of the 17th century. The Brownes of Mulrankin are said to be descendants of Sir Hugh le Brun of Wales. Sir Nicholas le Brun was High Sheriff of Wexford in 1364 and Sir Walter Browne was Governor in 1521. In the 1640s, the then owner, William Browne absconded owing to heavy debts. The property was in the possession of the Cliffe family from the 17th century until the early 20th century. The present owner Tony Cardiff, a very pleasant gentleman, allowed me to photograph the four storey tower house. To be honest there is very little to see at Mulrankin. There are surviving Irish crenellations at the four corner angles. The original doorway in the west wall, pictured left, was protected by a murder hole. The base batter is clearly visible at the base of the south wall. Apart from some openings and blocked embrasures, very little remains of the windows. A 19th century farmhouse, to the west of the tower, was built on the site of a house/hall built in 1632. It is believed this structure was built before the tower house. The first norman fortification of the manor was the motte at Oldhall, 1.6 kilometres west of Mulrankin, Which, coincidentally, is located on land owned by Tony's brother.

Situated: From Bridgetown, Wexford, head north on the R736. After 90 metres keep straight turning off the 736. Another 100 metres turn right. Mulrankin Castle is 900 metres down here on your right. Private property.

Discovery Map 77. S 9968 1015. Last visit April 2016.

Longitude: 6° 32' 27" W

Latitude: 52° 14' 3" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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