Like the previous reviewer, we came upon the ruins of this castle by accident while staying near Dingle this summer. It's located just off the road from Ventry north to Ballyferriter, about 2 km from Ventry. We decided to go to explore and I subsequently researched the castle online to get more information. Rahinnane (or Rahanane) dates to the 15th century. It was built by the Knight of Kerry as a fortified house on top of an ancient ring fort that was already 500 to 1,000 years old. The ditch in the ring-fort, 20-30 feet deep, was to protect the occupants and their livestock from wild animals and raiders. It made a good defensive position for the castle that was later built there, but there is no evidence that the ditch was ever used as a moat. The castle was occupied until the Cromwellian wars of the 1650s when, like many other ruined castles in Ireland, it was destroyed by Cromwell's troops. There's a plaque there that gives a brief description of the history of the castle. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
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