Knappogue castle is medieval tower house dating back to 1467 and it was built by Sean MacNamara.
It has a varied history ~ from being a site of a battle to a home. In 1571 the Castle became the seat of the MacNamara Clan, part of the Dalcassians
In 1659 it was confiscated by Cromwell's parliament and granted to Arthur Smith.
When the monarchy was restored in 1670 Knappogue was returned to the MacNamaras. The MacNamara Clan sold the castle in 1800 when they experienced financial difficult, and it has changed hards a number of times subsequently, and also experierced a number of renovations and upgrades.
The history is outlined as you make your way through the building, including details on Magh Adhair and the Dalcassians.
The ground floor has some of the more recent rooms, including a 19 century dining and drawing room.
As you make your way up the narrow stairs you go through a series of Medieval living quarters. The views from the top windows to the surrounding country side is of unblemished fields, and the the walled garden makes for a nice back drop.
The walled garden itself is peaceful and well maintained, although it's also a great place to let children run free along the paths that divide the garden.
Bear in mind that there is another garden to the front of the castle that's also worth a visit.
Admission for an adult is under €5, family €15.50, and there does not appear to be any problem with accessing the walled garden foc.
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