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Monea Castle

In County Fermanagh.


Monea Castle.

Monea Castle was More images here , we borrowed this one hope to visit this summer.built by the Reverend Malcolm Hamilton, Rector of Devenish sometime around 1618 it stands on a rocky ourcrop just east of the village of Monea in County Fermanagh, close by is a dried up lake with a crannog.

The castle is built in the Scottish style, consisting of an oblong tower house rising to three storeys with round towers on two of the corners. The bawn was built in 1622 a year before Hamilton was promoted to Archbishop of Cashel in 1623.

During the 1641 rebellion the castle was attacked by Rory Maguire. Little more is known until 1688 when it was occupied by Gustavus Hamilton, Governor of Enniskillen, this Hamilton died in 1691leaving his greatly impoverished wife and children continued to live at the castle, but had to sell the estate in 1704.

In 1750 Monea Castle was destroyed by fire and subsequently abandoned.

In the 20th century a woman named Beth McCabe took her residence in a vault beneath one of the towers until she was evicted by the proprietor. Sounds like an interisting story, will try to find out more, lots mor Irish castles here.