Pictured here is Trim Castle. On the extreme upper left, you can see part of the keep; the main stronghold of the castle. Along this, the castles curtain walls lead off to the Barbican gate, which in its day would have had a moat running underneath the archway. The portcullis is still in place, but this is no longer the main entrance for todays visitors.
The castle has an area of 30,000 square meters and is the remains of the largest Anglo Norman castle in Ireland. It forms an impressive view as you drive through the town, as it is set back from the road on an open green space beside the river.
It was built by Hugh De Lacy and his son Walter. This site was chosen because it is on raised ground, overlooking the river Boyne. This area was a very important medieval religious and royal site. It was built between 1172 and 1243 with many additions being built between those years.
despite the fact that Trim is 25 miles from the Irish sea, ships in medieval times ships were able to sail all the way up the river Boyne to make land and delivery of goods to the castle and the town. The town predates the castle though having grown around a monastery founded in the early 5th century.
The central keep of the castle is unique in that is cruciform in shape, and has 20 corners. The site of the castle is complimented by these surviving curtain walls. The north and west sides of the site were defended by huge rectangular towers dating back to the 1170's.
Under the protection of Trim Castle, medieval times saw the growth of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, at one time the largest Gothic cathedral in the country and the townlond of Newtown Trim. This area gave rise to St Johns Priory also. Both of these sites are now in ruins, and open to visitors.
The castle was last a military site when it was used to station the invading troops of Cromwell, though its importance had declined significantly before that. When Cromwells troops left in 1649 the castle fell into disrepair.
Excavations from 1971 to 1974 on the grounds at the castle revealed the headless remains of 10 men. Most likely these were criminals whose lifeless bodies would have been dumped when their severed heads were mounted on spikes outside the castle as a warning to others who considered a life of crime.
In the 1990's, it was decided to restore the castle, and the year 2000 saw it finally reopen to the public. Although visitors can explore the grounds at their leisure, access to the inside of the keep is by guided tour only, with part of the reason for this being safety. One of the features of the castle is the Stumble steps, spiral staircases that rise inside the castle, with each step a different height and width. Quite offputting for invaders who may break into the building wielding swords!
Because of the fact that most swordsmen were right handed, these stumble step staircases therefore rotate to the right, so the swordsman climbing cannot wield the sword, while those descending could. A left handed swordsman could command an impressive salary as a result of this, but was also more likely to die first.
In 2013, National Geographic announced the 10 winners of the places on earth that were most likely to open a child's eyes to the wonders of the world. Trim proudly made that list due to its castle, its ruins, the preservations work on them both and the abundance of medieval history here.
Thanks for looking!
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dkmurphys (51448) 2013-12-14 9:08
Impressive walls of the castles it looks unconquerable. I like the colors and the wonderful sunny day. Well seen, enjoy a fine evening.
imageme (1790) 2013-12-14 9:18
Hi Noel, A very special architecture of this Trim Castle. The wide angle view of this castle and you have made the best use of the natural lights at that particular moment of the day. Blue sky, wet green pasture land, and stone wall of the architecture, all these well combined to create such beautiful image. Thank for sharing
dta (70313) 2013-12-14 9:30
Hello Noel ,
These old high walls are a quite austere . But between the luminous green grass and the beautiful blue sky , they become very attractive .
gojo (1769) 2013-12-14 9:42
I relly like this clean image. Green, greyish brown, blue and white. The clouds are perfectly placed within the frame and give a kind of lightness to the picture. The grass is fab, and no disturbing elements at all. Very attractive,
emka (84117) 2013-12-14 10:48
Hi Noel, I love such medieval castles. Fantastic view with the green grass and blue sky. I had the pleasure of visiting also magnificent castle in Wales, in Conwy. Excellent presentation of fascinating place.
WArm regrads MAlgo
photoray (13182) 2013-12-14 10:52
Fine diagonal view of the massive Trim Castle, impressive size and the fact it is mostly still standing almost a millennium later. Certainly a worthy place to visit and soak in the history.
And another excellent historical background note.
Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-14 11:05
Impressive view of this massive old castle. Although crumbling it looks very strong and potent. The dull color of the castle wall makes attractive contrast with the bright green and blue colors. The castle looks so beautiful as it is basking in this warm sunlight.
Thanks for sharing this massive castle and the informative note which traces the history of the place from its history to the present times.
marina7 (8055) 2013-12-14 12:00
striking lime green and perfect blue to flank the ancient castle walls - you couldn't have asked for more:)
A very invigorating landscape with a scent of history all around. Lovely image indeed.
Have a good time!
carlo62 (37232) 2013-12-14 13:50
uno splendido castello con il suo bel prato verde, sicuramente a suo tempo c'era un fossato, come dimostra l'arco i basso a destra.
Un'altro tassello della tua terra che si unisce alla tua galleria.
Gigidusud (17615) 2013-12-14 14:55
Splendid architecture with nice contrast colors and great diagonal. I like it!
Have a nice Sunday my friend,
lousat (81098) 2013-12-14 15:25
Hi Noel,great capture in the best light of this sunny day! A very nice perspective on this long wall in ruin,beautiful composition with the typical fresh green on the ground,perfect quality of details too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
jjcordier (78372) 2013-12-14 23:57
Belle vue sur les fortifications encore bien conservées de ce château médiéval impressionnant.
Schnappilic (9690) 2013-12-15 1:13
Good presentation of these walls in a good light with vivid colors. I like the result!
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-15 2:17
un'altro bel soggetto da aggiungere alla tua lunga serie.
Composizione impeccabile, colori perfetti e luce idonea a dare forma e risalto alla struttura.
Ciao e buona domenica
snunney (88357) 2013-12-15 3:04
A still most impressive fortification. I like the point of view and the perspective offered along the wall, also the layered effect of the overall composition. The light was ideal to bring out the detail in the stonework. Excellent colours and clarity complete a fine image. Most informative and useful note as always.
jhm (142808) 2013-12-15 3:55
These old ruin is indeed fascinating for a lot visitors.
The walls make these picture attractive.
Nice perspective and depth picture
Excellent composition, nice presentation and lovely colours.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-15 7:28
A huge castle it is! Defensive mechanism of the stairs is very interesting.
The walls must be strong, but they 'look' really strong for the composition in relation to the angle of light. Very simple but very effective.
I am learning.
Fis2 (88811) 2013-12-15 8:37
Beautiful castle walls Trim.
I like POV and perspective.
Excelleny colors and light.I like it.
ourania (35064) 2013-12-15 8:51
a lovely description of this antique castle in a composition of three distinct parts. The perspective you've given to this long and imposing wall is captivating, sharpness is excellent all along, the textures are very interesting and there's a 3D effect that makes me wish I could go closer. The light is very pleasant and has given a wonderful brightness to the green lawn. I also like the dynamic way in which the clouds break into the neat composition. Your note, once again, is fascinating. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Periko (3309) 2013-12-15 23:05
Interesting and authentic old walls. I prefer a genuine old ruined building to one restored.
Good light, nice colors, well done.
nikkitta (16230) 2013-12-16 12:03
One more blue sky and counting....
Your note is really informative, till now the only stairs with a history kown by me were the ones of Chambor which were designed by Leonardo Da Vinci
The builders of it were cunning
Impresive and well built stone walls presented with great contrast green field and... blue sky
Good to know that it can be visited
Well done, good week
Silvio1953 (128359) 2013-12-17 9:17
Ciao Noel, lovely composition with fantastic castle, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
cornejo (34626) 2013-12-17 12:43
Hi Noel, very good picture of this interesting view of the old walls of the old castle, beautifully captured in this interesting image with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
mkamionka (31981) 2013-12-17 13:14
I have visited this photogenic castle several times yet I have never had such a beautiful sky. The blue color together with well saturated green grass make a nice addition to this presentation. You have smartly picked a less popular POV focusing on an attractive aspect of this structure.
Very well done!!
worldcitizen (7435) 2013-12-17 14:45
This is definitely an impressive castle, and an important place if it makes a National Geographic top ten list! I can only imagine what is what like to actually build such a structure. The warm sunlight in your photo is great, and it looks like the setting is beautiful with open, green, rolling land. I hope you're enjoying the holiday season so far! :-)
delpeoples (54463) 2013-12-18 5:33
Ahh it's weird seeing this castle in blue skies and incandescent colour. The other photos I've seen of it have either been in B&W or grey threatening skies. The colours and definition are so good they jump out of the screen at me. The clouds on the right also help to add to the drama and the perspective. I used to watch a show when I was little hosted by Vincent Price called If Walls Could Speak. Wow, if only these walls could speak, imagine the stories they'd tell! Excellent light management, control of contrast and saturation. The light on the walls and turrets is exquisite.
Have a happy ghoul-free day
omid266 (6700) 2013-12-18 7:12
Salam , Hi dear Noel *
It is really a nice picture from Trim Castle which i like .
All the Best ,
Thanks like always .
- About your notes for Ice in Iran :
I should tell that i live in a town with Cold and Dry
climate , Although we have Rain and Snow almost in every year .
Irland has a nice weather and climate (:
*** Like always :
*** LET PEACE And LOVE PREVAIL IN THE WORLD ! ***
Omid from I.R.IRAN
Good Luck !
COSTANTINO (58709) 2013-12-28 23:09
excellent shot taken from a partocular
point of view showing a composition
divorsed into three parties
the green foreground the castls and the amazing
blue sky with the clouds running into it
impressive shot and impressive
useful notes about the castles curtain
walls lead off to the Barbocan gate
have a nice day
fds (8750) 2014-01-19 2:50
dear irisch friend very nice composition with this very interested castle under the very suggestive blu and White sky
for my your gallery is very interested because i would kcnow the Ireland
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (26567)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-19
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-14 9:06