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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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  • The only CASTLE still be bee surrounded by a moat, Only a short bus ride from city center. Walk across the drawbridge into another world. Michael my guide was extremely knowledgable not only about the...  read more »
  • We visited only the exteriors, the central courtyard, souvenirs shop and admire its ancient walls. Very nice Castle, fairly well preserved, in the Centre of the city.
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  • A lesser-known castle and small grounds, worth a trip as it's quite inexpensive and quiet (only a handful on the tour). It might be particularly good if you've seen Trim Castle as it shares a lot of d...  read more »
  • 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?
  • Beautiful remains of an old castle. Only castle left in Ireland that has a moat.
  • I had 22 hours in Dublin, and was excited to see Drimnagh Castle right before my flight out. It's a bit hidden, but worth looking for! There were two people working there when I visited -- one gave me a tour of the grounds, the other, a tour of the castle. There's so much interesting history here! It's really well-kept and you can go up and through pretty much the whole thing. Both the guides were so enthusiastic about the place, it was contagious. They're both so well-versed in every detail of the place, right down to the herbs in the garden and every pizza oven in between. :)
  • One of the coolest castles I've bn to
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