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McCarthy Castle, Rossmore

Tower house

The remains of an O Mahony tower house are well hidden down a little boreen and are to be found right at the seashore gazing down into the expanse of Dunmanus Bay. Not a huge lot remains - a three storeyed wall, some windows, a chimney breast, the remains of a garderobe, a stairwell and a cluster of little outbuildings plus farm house. Probably built in the 14C, the castle seems to have  been owned by the McCarthy family who later built themselves a fine modern building at Cul na Long.


Rossmore: Ros mor, large headland
Down a small track from the main Durrus to Ahakista road; private access
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This is a wonderful, well hidden spot at the end of a little boreen. The old tower house has been customised  with farm buildings being built on its walls,and tiny windows placed in its original huge ones. The whole area is peppered with little buildings - a farm house right at the water's edge and a cluster of outbuildings. A resident donkey regarded me with gentle interest.

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