Cahir Castle

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Cahir Castle, Tipperary. The river Suir runs beside its great walls.

Cahir Castle, and its defensive walls • Tipperary

The Siege of Cahir Castle & the Arrival of Cromwell

A view through the Trapping Area towards the gate of Cahir Castle

A view through the Trapping Area towards the gate • Tipperary

A view through the Trapping Area towards the gate of Cahir Castle

A view through the Trapping Area towards the gate • Tipperary

Sir – having brought the army and my cannon near this place, according to my usual manner in summoning places, I thought fit to offer you terms honourable to soldiers: that you may march away, with your baggage, arms and colours, free from injuries or violence. But if I be, notwithstanding, necessitated to bend my cannon upon you, you must expect the extremity usual in such cases. To avoid blood, this is offered to you, by Your Servant – Oliver Cromwell.

By this time Cromwell’s ruthless reputation was known across Ireland, and the garrison of Cahir Castle decided to take him up on his offer and marched away without loss of life. Much of the castle that we see today is a result of extensive renovations in the 19th century. It is still an imposing and atmospheric place, and served as a setting for Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 classic Barry Lyndon, John Boorman’s 1981 epic Excalibur and more recently in the Ridley Scott directed film The Last Duel.

Visitors today can enjoy a tour through the castle and see many of the features that made it such a formidable fortress in the medieval period. When you have finished your visit, I highly recommend taking the river walk along to the beautiful 19th century cottage orné known as the Swiss Cottage.

Upper left: inside the Great Hall • Lower left: cannons in the Inner Ward • Right: the portcullis mechanism

Top: inside the Great Hall • Middle: the portcullis mechanism • Bottom: cannons in the Inner Ward

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