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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  • Absolutely loved this little castle and gardens. If you want to see what it might have been like living in fourteen and fifteenth century Ireland, make sure to visit Drimnaugh Castle. Its recent renov...  more »
  • My wife and I took the Number 123 Bus from ChristChurch directly to the Drimnagh Castle (You will need to tell the Driver your destination). The bus stop is across the street from the Long Mile Inn. T...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Grounds are kept very neat, the castle building itself has been restored quite well. We didn't have Euros in hand for guided tour (cards not accepted), yet the one of the gentleman in charge offered to walk us through the castle. He provided a humorous description of the castle. Great start to our vacation.
  • I've been to this castle about several times for the Halloween event and Christmas event. I had a great fun in there.
  • Very interesting place, absolutely worth a visit. Enthusiastic and very knowledgable tour guide.
  • Fantastic castle. The restoration project is really cool and the gardens are sublime.
  • Amazing tour guide! Would highly recommend it to anybody looking for a great history lesson and who loves visiting old castle throughout Ireland. Amazing!

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