This is the ruins of Athlumney Castle, Navan, Co Meath.
The name Athlumney derives from the Irish "Atha Luman" or "Lomans Ford". St Loman is reputed to have been a nephew of St Patrick, and was the first bishop of Meath.
The castle was built in two distinct periods, and shows very well the transition from medieval to modern Ireland. Corner turrets, as can be seen here were quite common in late medieval castles in Ireland, and the three story manor house attached to the castle is either late Elizabethan or early Jacobean, a rather unusual style of building in Ireland. The house is notable for its mullioned windows, a large oriel window in its south face, and huge fireplaces.
On the first floor there is a secret mural chamber, reached only by a set of stairs from above, created it is assumed, to hide priests. The owners, the Dowdalls, were strong Catholics. At this time, attacks on Catholic families were common and members of the church were frequently jailed.
The castle and mansion were burned down by Lancelot Dowdall, the last owner in 1649, to deny the building to the invading William of Orange who approached the area on the River Boyne which runs alongside.
Dowdall later fled in exile to France, having supported the Catholic King James II in his war against William of Orange in 1689-1691. One of the most important battles of this war was the Battle of the Boyne which happened not far from here.
Today the castle is accessible by key, which is available from a local historian. Although totally ruined, you can walk around inside the building and imagine what it would once have been like. Despite it being of considerable size, the castle is surprisingly hard to find, as it is situated on a road in the town of Navan you would need a reason to be on, and it is not visible from any nearby main roads.
Thanks for looking!
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Fis2 (88779) 2014-03-13 12:57
Interesting work under the sun.
image has a unique atmosphere.
I like it.
Royaldevon (32593) 2014-03-13 13:35
Isn't that strange, that it is difficult to see from nearby roads; castles are usually built in very prominent, easy to see places, as they need to have good views.
It is difficult to take effective shots firing straight into the sun but, in this instance, the sun has become a dynamic star and created a wonderful sense of moody mystery to the ruined castle. The low pov, with tall grasses in the f/g, is very important to the overall effect.
My warm regards,
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-03-13 14:54
for me your shot has two "stars".The first is of course the Castle,but the second-the sun and what amazing effect and mood it creates here.And even if I will repeat myself for a hundredth time IŽll say it again-YouŽre a master when it comes to shooting pictures against the sun and to use it to create the mood of your pictures.
Here the scene takes on for me some kind of mysterious mood.Love it!
Wish You all the best
tyro (21588) 2014-03-13 15:14
Well, on this occasion you cerainly do have some lens flare!! Big style! But I think it complements the image rather than detracting from it.
A very powerful photograph with hugely strong contrasts, the sharp lines and edges of the silhouette of the castle standing out against a rather wild sky. But what I do especially like is that the foreground long grasses are also well seen and also, like the sky, have colour, unlike the castle itself.
pajaran (54131) 2014-03-13 22:44
Interesantan i dobra tekst o starom dvorcu sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled na rusevinu i trenutak sa suncem ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazan arhitektura i trenutak, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
Interesting and good article about the old castle with a history and description of the ...
Nice view of the ruins and the moment the sun ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated architecture and moment, beautiful colors.
Good work and composition, well captured moment.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
emka (84085) 2014-03-13 23:42
Hello Noel, Another spooky ruins. Fantastic view with this unique light. Fascinating place. and what a dramatic sky.
I love old ruines but unfortunately there are no close to Warsaw :(.
have a beautiful day
carlo62 (37205) 2014-03-14 1:23
foto molto originale, colpisce per quella luce molto forte che illumina la parte in primo piano, lasciando la silhouette del castello a fare da muro tra il cielo e il terreno.
Un'atmosfera molto particolare, ma di grande fascino.
snunney (88317) 2014-03-14 5:08
An interesting history lesson to go with this dramatic image. I like the low viewpoint, which emphasises the mass of the ruins silhouetted against the backlit sky.
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-03-14 11:45
Magical sunlight and mysterious silhouettes with a fantastic sky as backdrop. The foreground with the grass is very effective too. For some unknown reason ruins have a charm that no modern building can match. Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture. Have a great weekend.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-03-14 11:53
Nice composition against the light from your low POV. Very good framing with the tall grass in the FG. The light on the grass gives it a nice golden hue. Like the way you have turned the might sun into a large twinkling star effectively placing it one of the openings in the ruins perhaps. You have taken the photo of the ruins in the perfect way which suits the mood of the photo so well. Well seen and taken, thanks for sharing.
cornejo (34626) 2014-03-14 12:24
Hi Noel, I like this interesting backlit with the sun sneaking through a hole, nicely composed and captured this beautiful image with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
omid266 (6700) 2014-03-15 22:04
** Hi dear Noel ,
Thank you for sharing another Heritage of your country,
very nice captured with light sun, nice text,
all the best ,
Hope for Protection this old monument,
** Have a Long and Successful Life ***
Sincerely , Omid
Sonata11 (33526) 2014-03-16 13:25
Hi Noel, wonderful composition of this castle and the rays of the sun making fantastic mystery atmosphere. Wonderful work with pleasure to look at. Best regards, Barbara
Gigidusud (17615) 2014-03-17 2:24
Amazing shot on the ruins with great sun effect and a fantastic cloudy sky. Well done!
Have a nice week my friend.
ourania (35009) 2014-03-22 4:00
a very intriguing and original approach to the remains of the castle, that encompasses features from different historical periods. The light makes a striking appearance and steals the show, turning the castle into a mysterious silhouette, revealing fascinating details in the foreground, enhancing the drama and atmosphere in the sky. Fine, bold and creative work that seems to penetrate time and activates the viewer's imagination. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,