If there’s one thing Ireland can thank the Normans for, it’s castles. They can be found around the island in various states of ruin, restoration and resplendence. While all of Ireland’s kings are long gone, some families still reside in these fabulous forts and others are left vacant for visitors to wander the halls, see the hanging tapestries and smell the wafting scent of mead.
Our castles have been film sets, album covers, medieval banquets and historic sciences. Others have hosted some fairly famous weddings during their time including the Beckhams at Luttrellstown Castle, as well as Sir Paul McCartney at Castle Leslie and rugby International Brian O’ Driscoll at Lough Rynn Castle. And it can be certain that all of them have seen their fair share of battle scenes and fisticuffs between their noble owners. Those thick stone walls have seen it all and then some.