Saturday, January 23, 2021

#14 Castle Ross


Castle Ross

        In County Kerry, Ireland we stopped to investigate the massive Castle Ross. It was built sometime before 1652 on the shore of Lough Leane in Killarney. It is the ancestral home of the Chiefs of the O'Donoghue Clan, later owned by the Brownes of Killarney. It is considered to be a classic example of an Irish Chieftain’s stronghold during the Middle Ages. The formidable walls fronting the lough must’ve seemed impenetrable.  We could imagine arrows raining down on hapless invaders from the highest ramparts.

        A few days before we arrived, a large storm hit the area, so things were still pretty well "soaked" The castle was open but the lines of visitors were extremely long. So, we decided to stretch our legs and took a walk along the lough (lake)!  It was beautiful. The water was still, surrounded by tall trees and the sky was a light gray with no sun (typical of southwest Ireland.) As we walked we came across some century-old trees that were blown down by the fierce winds from the storms.

Immediately we got the idea to "secret" some information.


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