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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  • My trip to this little gem didn't start off well with Taxis and Uber but I am greatful I did not give up even though I was slightly rushed. Everything I read was true although I did not find I had to ...  more »
  • We held a party here and we had a fantastic day. Its a beautiful little castle inside and out, with a lovely courtyard and garden...it even has a moat! The staff were so helpful & nice. This is a grea...  more »
  • Nestling among the modern buildings is this jewel from a bygone time.I visited on a beautiful sunny day.The gardener was cutting hay(yep ,cutting hay)in a nearby meadow,but stopped to inquire if we ne...  more »
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  • Amazing tour guide! Would highly recommend it to anybody looking for a great history lesson and who loves visiting old castle throughout Ireland. Amazing!
  • Fantastic medieval style castle in Dublin. Well located beside the Long Mile road and parking too.
  • Beautiful and suggestive! Alex the guide was so helpful... and he kwos a lot of interesting tales!
  • A hidden gem... lovely moated medieval castle with a small garden behind the castle grounds. Only open on weekdays, be sure to check out the Halloween and Christmas events that the local community organisation (WALK) put on.
  • Nice place nothing to exited but nice and relaxing.

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