A Labour of Love – restoration of Lisheen Castle
As you travel across Ireland from North to South and East to West I challenge you to count the number of ruins you pass!
We tend to group them all together as ‘castle’ ruins but truthfully they range from Norman Tower houses, to Monastic Abbeys and round towers even sometimes just humble farmhouses. But whatever their origin, each structure has a history and a certain level of intrigue attached. It can be a rare thing that one of these structures can actually be restored and refurbished back to its former glory.
Such is the story of Lisheen Castle – “By degrees the castles are built” is an old Irish proverb and you can read all about the story of Lisheen from the original owners, the Lloyd family, from 1770 right through to the present owners and restorators – the Everard family.