Ballymoon Castle

Ballymoon Castle is a National Monument situated 2 miles (3 km) east of Muine Bheag (Bagenalstown), County Carlow, Ireland. The castle is thought to date from the 13th century.

Ballymoon Castle
Ballymoon Castle
Location2 miles (3 km) east of Muine Bheag, County Carlow, Ireland
Builtc. 1290–1310
ArchitectRoger Bigod
Reference no.486[1]

Location and access

Ballymoon Castle is about 2 miles (3 km) east of Bagenalstown in a field next to the Fennagh road. The castle is accessible to the public, with access via a small wooden bridge over a ditch. Visitors can access the castle walls at ground level. Ballymoon Castle is a National Monument.


The castle is in ruins and consists of a square courtyard about 80 feet (24 m) on each side, with 20-foot (6.1 m) high granite walls that are about 8 feet (2.4 m) wide at the base. The inside of the castle is open, but the walls show where the doors and fireplaces were positioned. The large double fireplace on the north side was part of the great hall. There are no traces of the interior structure of the castle apart from the foundations, and this has led to speculation that the castle was never completed. The wall on the western side has an arched gateway. Portcullis grooves can be seen on the gateway, and there may have been a barbican in front. A number of cross shaped gun loops and arrow slits can be seen in the castle walls.


Ballymoon Castle is thought to have been built in the 13th century or early 14th century. Much of the history has been lost, but it is thought to have been built by the Bigod family, or by the Carew family, who acquired the land from the Bigods. In the late 1800s, the castle was bought by Michael Sheill from Wexford who established a number of local businesses.[2][3][4][5]

See also


  1. National Monuments in County Carlow
  2. "Ballymoon Castle, County Carlow". Retrieved 2008-10-08.
  3. "Ballymoon Castle". Historic Ireland. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
  4. "Ballymoon Castle". Carlow Tourism. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  5. Findwyer (August 5, 2014). "Ballymoon Castle – This didn't end well".

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