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Drimnagh Castle, Dublin
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Drimnagh Castle is a Norman castle located in Drimnagh, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland. It is the only remaining castle in Ireland with a flooded moat around it; this moat is fed by a small local river, the Bluebell. Drimnagh Castle Christian Brothers Schools is located next to the site of the castle.HistoryThe earliest recorded owner of Drimnagh Castle was Sir Hugh de Bernival . His family, owners of Drimnagh Castle for centuries, were later known as Barnewell, sometimes Barnewall. The last occupants of Drimnagh Castle were the Hatch family.In the very early 1900s, the castle and its lands were bought by Joseph Hatch, a dairy man, of 6 Lower Leeson Street. Joe Hatch was a member of Dublin City Council, representing Fitzwilliam Ward, from 1895 to 1907. He bought the castle in the first instance to provide grazing land for his cattle. He restored the castle, which became a summer home for his family and a splendid location for the celebration of the silver wedding anniversary of Joseph Hatch and his wife, Mary Connell, as well as the marriage of their eldest daughter, Mary, in 1910.Upon his death in April 1918, ownership of the castle passed to their eldest son, Joseph Aloysius, known as Louis. Together with his brother Hugh, Louis managed the dairy farm and the dairy shop in Lower Leeson Street. Louis died in December 1951. died in 1950.Drimnagh Castle was left by Louis Hatch to Dr. P. Dunne, Bishop of Nara, who sold it to the Christian Brothers to build the school that now stands there.
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  • An easy bus ride from the Dublin center and the stop is right at the end of the street. The castle is a bit hidden behind schools but only a 2 minute walk from the stop. Check the opening times before...  more »
  • We spent a very enjoyable hour at Drimnagh Castle this morning. Our guide, Charlie, was very welcoming and informative and all the staff on duty took the time to have a bit of craic with us as we pass...  more »
  • not clear where the entrance is. it seemed it was closed. i thought it would be great and big after knowing that this was ireland's only castle with moat. but nothing much. there is nothing to see in ...  more »
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  • Drimnagh Castle is said to be the last castle in Ireland with a moate surrounding it. The Castle is one of the 3 castle's that make up the Dublin Crest .The Castle is nestled between a primary and secondary boys school. The say that the Castle is haunted by the ghost of Elenora who killed herself because of a broken heart
  • It was such an interesting and informative tour and the guide was very knowledgable about the history of the castle and also of Ireland in general. Definitely a hidden gem worth the trip.
  • An amazing place - 'a hidden gem'. Well worth a visit. The sad down side is that the guide who showed us around was on a CE scheme and has been let go, as his time on the scheme was over. He was a brilliant guide, with a strong feeling for, and knowledge of, the Castle and really enthused us with his presentation. Likewise we had a wonderful guide of the gardens and saw really awe inspiring developments by a truly creative gardener who, also, was about to be let go from the scheme. Why do we not treasure these wonderful people, as well as the Castle?
  • Small but interesting castle, worth the visit!
  • One of the coolest castles I've bn to