Castles of Ireland; Some Fortress Histories And Legends by C.L. Adams

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The year after its capture Sir Richard applied made constable, with a lease of the fortress for years. MOTE CASTLE is 29 In 1587, writing to Air. Treasurer Wallop, he states he willing to give up Ballymote if he is refunded the money laid out upon it. The following year George Goodman and Thomas Wood seem to have been constables. The Irish burnt the town and drove the garrison back he has 593, and two years later O'Conor Sligo The next petitioned the Government for the fortress. year there was an unsuccessful attempt to surprise it, and to the castle in I year O'Conor Sligo occupied England.

This building one of similar flanking towers which still running south and west, the remains of some of the other turrets having only disappeared during the last century. A barrack for two companies of soldiers was built near the former site of the castle, and the walls of the latter were incorporated with those enclosing the yard of the defended new A the is walls building. monastery was founded at Arklow by Theobald FitzWalter, hereditary Lord Butler of Ireland, built the castle. Lord Theobald Walter le who also Botiller died in the castle in CASTLES OF IRELAND 16 1285, and was buried Preachers in in the convent of the Friars Arklow, beneath a tomb ornamented with his effigy.

Commands the bridge, and is built upon a upon which the town on the Connaught side is built. It is overlooked by the houses of the town, while on the river side it is supported by a great buttress castle spur of the hill of masonry. The entrance up to the town, The is on the road which leads from the bridge and is by a modern drawbridge. fortress consists of a strong curtain circular towers mounted with cannon Most of them have been restored wall having at irregular intervals. with fresh blue lime- stone.

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