Pictured here is Roscommon castle, a huge and very dramatic castle just outside Roscommon Town which is situated to the west of the River Shannon.
It traces its history back to 1269 when it was built by Robert de Ufford, Justiciciar of Ireland. The lands it was built on were originally owned by an Augustinian priory which de Ufford seized.
When in its complete state, the castle was vast and quadrangular in shape. At each corner stood a huge D shaped tower, each three stories high as well as twin towers at its entrance. The entire site was enclosed by a really strong curtain wall.
Its history was a violent one and one of changing hands numerous times. Three years after its construction, it was taken by the Connacht King Aodh O'Connor and a mere eight years after that it was back once again in the hands of the English who fully restored it.
68 years later, in 1340 the O Connors once again took control of the vast building and this time they managed to retain ownership and control for more than 200 years.
In 1569 it became the property of the English Sir Henry Sidney and there it stayed until 1641 when parliamentarians took it. They held it until 1645 when Confederate Catholics seized it back.
In 1652 Cromwell's troops took control of the castle who removed the buildings vast fortifications so it could not be used in war against them. It finally burned to the ground in 1690 and fell into total decay.
Today, it can be explored from the beautiful Loughnaneane Park and playground. It is open to explore with access gained from the park itself. It is a beautiful addition to Roscommon town.
The name Roscommon derives its name from Coman mac Faelchon who had founded a monastery here in the 5th century. The wooded area near this monastery became known as St Comans Wood (Ros Comáin in Irish) and this was eventually Anglicized to Roscommon.
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Fis2 (102316) 2014-01-05 9:17
Beautiful ruins, beautiful view.
I love old architecture.
Good frame and super colors.
carlo62 (52050) 2014-01-05 9:55
c'è molta differenza tra il castello della precedente foto e questo, storie molto diverse e architetture differenti, ognuno con il suo fascino, ma sempre eccellentemente fotografati.
Ottima condivisione anche oggi.
cornejo (44635) 2014-01-05 11:03
Hi Noel, very good picture of this interesting castle with an interesting history, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy day of kings, the Catholic calendar.
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photographer_sg (4414) 2014-01-05 11:06
Lovely composition with the ruins depicted beautifully against the cloudy sky. Great colours and clarity. The stone wall cutting deep into the composition gives very good depth and is itself shown very well. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day.
siudzi (34141) 2014-01-05 12:50
Great presentation of this beautiful old castle. Like the way you built your composition to make the scene classical and elegant. Good POV, sharpness and level of details. Well done!
Miguel82 (27648) 2014-01-05 16:44
Noel, this is a new and brillant contribution, an interesting site to visit outside of the crowded cities with noise and traffic jam, good focus on that low wall built with stones, what a beautiful castle in ruins, all the best Noel, warm regards
jjcordier (79297) 2014-01-05 23:46
Ce château a eu une histoire bien compliquée! Tu as fait une excellente photo de ses ruines.
emka (102562) 2014-01-05 23:59
you are once in USA, once in Ireland :). Fantastic ruins of this castle. I love exploring such places. Fantastic view , I would like to be there.
have a splendid week
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-01-06 1:23
interesting note and well captured ruins of the castle. Nice POV and very good perspective. The road included in the picture makes the composition more interesting and gives us sense of scale. Nice colors and contrast.
snunney (103215) 2014-01-06 2:44
They are still impressive these ruins and the original building must have been a sight to see. I like the point of view with the wall coming in from the right making an excellent lead-line. The image is attractively lit and has harmonious natural tones. Clarity is superb.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-06 4:22
this looks like one super place to visit and photograph. I love places like this, especially if I can be there on my own and take my time to breath in the history and atmosphere that permeates these old walls. Super POV and wonderful detailing make this so enticing and magical. Hope you have some more images of this impressive ruin to share with us.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-01-06 5:18
Great view of this very old castle. I like your POV and framing. The ruins vouch for the magnitude of this castle in its heydays. The stonewall provides good depth to the composition. The cloudy sky has provided a nice backdrop and also this nice diffused light. The castle walls contrast the lawns nicely and great detailing on the walls. Thanks for sharing with an informative note as always.
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-06 6:26
Nice view of the huge castle in ruins. The pov is perfect to show the vastness of the stronghold. Great details and colors.
Thanks for sharing.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-06 10:19
i castello sono una delle attrattive della tua terra e tu ne sei uno dei più bravi interpreti dal punto di vista fotografico.
Anche in questa ottima la composizione, belli i colori e superba la definizione.
Ciao e buona settimana
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-01-06 10:35
The detail and colours in the stone walls are just so well captured and managed here Noel. Excellent light management, exposure and PP work shows off the beauty of this old ruin. For a building which saw its demise almost 400 hundred years ago it is still an imposing structure. Nicely done. Warm regards Rosemary
jemaflor (100107) 2014-01-06 10:41
Good photo to show us these ruines, well balanced with the wall in the Fg, Good effect to the depth, beautiful light on these stones, tfs.
pajaran (63450) 2014-01-07 4:37
Interesantan i dobar tekst o starom zamku, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar snimak, lepo poakzani zidovi starog zamka, lepe boje.
Lepa stara arhitektura.
Stoji stari zamak i secanje.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Interesting and good article about the old castle, with a history and description of the ...
Good shot, nice to displayed walls of the old castle, beautiful colors.
Beautiful old architecture.
There is an old castle and memories.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
danos (100830) 2014-01-07 8:09
beautiful presentation of the castle's ruins with the light and the colour management to brings out the details of them.I like the informative note about it,as the clarity and the beauty of the scene.
chawax (20758) 2014-01-07 13:26
The many ruins you can see in Ireland are one of my favourite subjects in Ireland ! I enjoyed a lot to visit ruins of abbeys, churches or castles. I passed by this castle but there was a restoration in progress when I've been there, so no interesting picture to take !
Thanks for sharing,
omid266 (6748) 2014-01-08 7:09
**** Salam dear Noel ,
Good evening ,
Very nice , well done friend !
Such This historic castles are really nice and intersting ,
They have an old heritage and old history and many news within themselves ,
They take us to many years ago with their special moments ,
All the Best ,
Thank you for sharing this beauty with us ,
God save You !
Omid - I.R.IR
fabbs99 (17175) 2014-01-08 19:20
Excellent shot of the Roscommon Castle.Nice colors and sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
mkamionka (39137) 2014-01-09 13:39
lovely presentation of this castle. The light makes it feel very warm. Good use of the road in the foreground. Sky was lovely too adding to the mood.
Very well done!
This county is quite rare on TE I think. I have one photo taken there but I am not very proud of it :(
Hellas (6987) 2014-02-27 23:25
Very well captured photo with vivid colours and fine respective, too!
I think that the PoV is the best one!