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Overlooking Bantry Bay in the south west of Ireland, Bantry House
is a stately home. The house is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Shelswell-White.
This Castle is amongst the three other castles to be built on this
site. The first castle built in wood in the tenth century was later
replaced by a second structure of stone. The current structure was
built under Dermot McCarthy, King of Munster. The Castle’s
lower walls are five meters tall, built with an angle tower.
Bantry House is said to have been built by the McCarthys of Muskerry
but was occupied at one time by Cormac McCarthy, King of Munster,
who is said to have supplied four thousand men from Munster to supplement
the forces of Robert the Bruce at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
Legend has it that the latter king gave half of the Stone of Scone
to McCarthy in gratitude. T Today, known as the Blarney Stone has
been incorporated in the battlements where it can now be kissed.
Since 1945 the house containing its exotic collection of furniture,
tapestries and objects d’art has been open to the public.
Today, the house or parts of it can also be rented for weddings,
functions and special events.
The Cathedral of St. Mary & St. Anne
The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne was built in 1808. The structures
reflect the Neo-Gothic style with a 180 ft Tower built over the
Great West Door in 1868. Around 1967, once again it was renovated
and refurbished in 1995-1996, to bring it into line with modern
The visitors are simple left to wonder over the interior of the
cathedral which features many items of heritage value, notably 27
wood carvings of Apostles and Saints, sculpted by the well-known
Cork sculptor, John Hogan, in 1822.
It is believed that a number of modern artworks were commissioned
during the recent refurbishment.
Cork Heritage Park
The Heritage Park, Located on 6 acres of landscaped grounds restores
19th century courtyard of Bessboro Estate. The Park offers rich
heritage of Cork city to the visitors leaving them to mesmerize
over varied customs followed by the city.
The grounds at the Park are open to the public and are developed
to a very high standard
The Visitors are left to interpret the history traditions and folklore
of West Cork and enjoys wonderful views of the Arigideen River Valley,
the Dunmanway Hills and Kerry Mountain.
A number of heritage exhibitions are held at the Park which tells
stories of the social and economic development of Cork City.
Cork City Gaol
This castle located 2km from Cork’s main thoroughfare once
housed 19th C. prisoners, often in wretched conditions. The Cells
are furnished with life-size figures, sound effects and fascinating
exhibitions together with a spectacular sound and image presentation
reflecting the social history and contrasting lifestyles of 19th
Century Cork and why some people turned to crime. The Castle atmosphere
makes you feel the shuffling feet of inmates, each representing
their particular period in Irish history from pre-famine times to
the foundation of the State.
Visitors are sure to have a memorable day with Souvenir & refreshment
areas offered to them, friendly staff to guide them around and good
facilities with this unique interpretation.
Charles Fort, a magnificent star shaped fort built during the late
17th century is said to have been designed by William Robinson,
a brilliant architect.
The fort has five bastions which were built with a belief that two
seaward bastions, the Devil's and the Charles' would defend the
harbor. Both of these have gun embrasures inside as well as on top
of the walls.
The North, Flagstaff and the Cockpit, are the three landward bastions
and all three had a brick sentry box at their outermost point, two
of these are still present.
The fort, even today stands out elegantly making visitors marvel
at the interesting architecture.
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